Playlist.

A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears lately.

Anthony Braxton – Trio (Knoxville) 2016 (Braxton Bootleg; 2016)

Anthony Braxton10+1tet (Knoxville) 2016 (Braxton Bootleg; 2016)

Anthony BraxtonSextet (Istanbul) 1996 (Braxton House; 1996)

Anthony BraxtonSolo (Carnegie Hall) 1972 (New Braxton House; 2012)

Cameron GravesPlanetary Prince (Mack Avenue; 2017)

Eva-Maria Houbenlivres d’heures (Edition Wandelweiser; 2016)
> les très riches heures (livres d’heures 1) – Andreas Feilen, Eva-Maria Houben; les très belles heures (livres d’heures 2) – Erik Carlson; les petites heures (livres d’heures 3) – Bileam Kümper, Eva-Maria Houben

Jean-Luc Guionnet – Igreja do Bom Jesus da Cruz, Barcelos, Portugal, July 25, 2008, from Bending Contumax: Organ Works (2008-2014) (No Schools; 2015)

King CrimsonGuild Hall, Plymouth, England, May 11, 1971 (DGMLive; 2006)


Andrew Weathers & Seth ChrismanStaked Plain (FET Press; 2017)


The Tri-Centric OrchestraBlake, Bynum, Laubrock (Tri-Centric Foundation; 2016)
> Daniel BlakeAgora; Taylor Ho BynumQuestions of Transfiguration; Ingrid LaubrockVogelfrei

Alex Cline Flower Garland OrchestraOceans of Vows (Cryptogramophone; 2017)


Robin Holcomb – Todo Santos (Sound Aspects; 1988)

Thelonious MonkMonk’s Music (Riverside; 1957)


Dead Voices on Air – Frankie Pett en de Onderzeer Boten (self-released; 2017)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoThe Art Ensemble 1967/1968 (Nessa; 1993)

Art Ensemble of Chicago – A Jackson in Your House / Message to Our Folks (BYG/Charly; 1969/2001)

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Further reading

In Review: Quantum Natives

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I've wondered occasionally whether the position of arts critic – self-appointed or otherwise – should be subject to term limits. The thought occurred to me most recently while attending… no, while immersed in Grace Nexus, the simultaneously bewitching and bewildering presentation mounted at Issue Project Room on April 15 by Quantum Natives: either a British digital-media collective or "an abstruse net-label run by two art school-educated Londoners," according to Resident Advisor. Maybe both.

Playlist.

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Midori Takada, Kelly Moran, Sarah Hennies, Olivier Alary, Gov't Mule, Ecstatic Vision, Allan Holdsworth (RIP), and other striking sounds heard lately at Night After Night HQ.

Early Audition: Bearthoven, Trios

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Formed in 2013, Bearthoven has built up an estimable repertoire of fresh pieces for an instrumentation that's canonical among jazz circles, but uncommon within the concert-music world. Listen to an exclusive stream of a Fjóla Evans piece on Bearthoven's debut album, 'Trios,' courtesy of Cantaloupe Music.