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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The less I say this time, the better – partly because I have so very, very little information available from which to cobble up some authoritative statement on the whys and wherefores of the three recent compositions from 2015 and 2016 by Jürg Frey included on this new CD, and partly because the music doesn't really lend itself to analysis so much as inhabitation.