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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Album review: Jürg Frey, ephemeral constructions

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.