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

Jasper String QuartetUnbound (Sono Luminus/New Amsterdam; 2017)
> Caroline ShawValencia; Missy MazzoliDeath Valley Junction; Annie GosfieldThe Blue Horse Walks on the Horizon; Judd GreensteinFour on the Floor; David Langalmost all the time; Donnacha DennehyPushpulling; Ted Hearne – Excerpts from the middle of something (from Law of Mosaics)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoTutankhamun (Freedom/Black Lion; 1969/1994)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoThe Spiritual (Freedom/1201 Music; 1969/2001)

ZeitkratzerPerforms Songs from the Albums ‘Kraftwerk’ and ‘Kraftwerk 2’ (Zeitkratzer)

Jean-Luc Guionnet  Saint Bernard de la Chapelle, Paris, France, Nov. 11, 2010, from Bending Contumax: Organ Works (2008-2014) (No Schools; 2015)

Leo OkagawaThe Notional Terrain (Glistening Examples; 2017)

Celer – Another Blue Day (Glistening Examples; 2017)

Luke Martinso softly that it came, a wild dim chatter, meaningless (Edition Wandelweiser; 2016)

John Adams – The Gospel According to the Other Mary – Kelley O’Connor, Tamara Mumford, Russell Watson, Brian Cummings, Daniel Bubeck, Nathan Medley, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel (Deutsche Grammophon; 2014)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoPeople in Sorrow (Nessa; 1969)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoReese and the Smooth Ones (BYG/Fuel 2000; 1969/2002)

Morton FeldmanPiano, Violin, Viola, Cello – Aleck Karis, Curtis Macomber, Danielle Farina, Christopher Finckel (Bridge; 2015)

Áine O’DwyerGallarais (MIE; 2017)

Marc SabatEuler Lattice Spirals Scenery; Claudius Ptolemy; Jean-Philippe Rameau – JACK Quartet (Another Timbre)

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 4 in E-flat (“Romantic”; 1953 Nowak edition) – Munich Philharmonic Orchestra/Valery Gergiev (Münchner Philharmoniker; 2016)

Depeche ModeSpirit (Columbia; 2017)

T.J. Borden & Steve FlatoIn the Garden of Eating (self-released; 2017)

Lea BertucciOracle (Quartet Version) (Signifying Something podcast, Episode 001; 2017)

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