Playlist.

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


Midori TakadaThrough the Looking Glass (RCA Red Seal Japan/WRWTFWWR; 1983/2017)


Jim O’RourkeSteamroom 34 (Steamroom; 2017)


Kelly Moranbloodroot (Telegraph Harp; 2017)


Sarah HenniesFlourish (Consumer Waste; 2013)


Nick StorringQualms (self-released; 2017)


Olivier AlaryFiction/Non-Fiction (FatCat; 2017)

Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound OrchestraNot Two (New Amsterdam; due June 16, 2017)

Anthony BraxtonQuartet (New York) 1993 (Braxton Bootleg; 2011)

Gov’t MuleRevolution Come… Revolution Go (Fantasy; due June 9, 2017)


Reformed FactionUntil… (Greytone; 2010)

Yarn/WireYarn/Wire/Currents, Vol. 0 (self-released; due April 28, 2017)
> Tyondai Braxton – Music for Ensemble & Pitch Shifter/Delay; Nathan Davis – de Clocher a Clocher; Peter EvansReturns

Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 9 – Vienna Philharmonic/Bruno Walter (Dutton; 1938)


Ecstatic VisionRaw Rock Fury (Relapse; 2017)

Joanna BroukHearing Music (Numero Group; 2016)

The ClashSandinista! (Epic; 1980)

Gov’t MuleDark Side of the Mule (Evil Teen; 2014)


King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFlying Microtonal Banana (ATO; 2017)


Various artistsEcstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna (Sublime Frequencies; 2015)


Nat EvansCoyoteways (Mon Amie; 2017)

Pan SonicKulma (Mute; 1996)


Prince RatchetsA Storm of Seas (Drawing Room; 2016)


Cellophane GardenIlluminations (Drawing Room; 2016)


Dylan Golden AycockLive at the Schoolhouse, Oct. 21, 2016 (NYCTaper; 2017)

Gov’t MuleMulennium (Evil Teen; 2010)

PRISM Quartet with So Percussion and PartchColor Theory (XAS Records; 2017)
> Steven Mackey – Blue Notes and Other Clashes; Ken UenoFuture Lilacs; Stratis MinakakisSkiagrafies

Derek Bailey & Tony CoeTime (Incus; 1979)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoLes Stances à Sophie (Pathé/Universal Sound; 1970/2000)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoLive in Paris (Freedom/Charly; 1970/2003)

U.K.U.K. (Polydor; 1978)

Allan HoldsworthMetal Fatigue (Enigma; 1985)

Pierre Moerlan’s GongExpresso II (Arista; 1978)

Soft MachineBundles (Harvest/Esoteric; 1975/2010)

BrufordOne of a Kind (E.G. Records/Winterfold; 1979/2005)

The New Tony Williams LifetimeBelieve It (Columbia; 1975/2004)

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Album review: Pierluigi Billone, ITI KE MI; Equilibrio. Cerchio

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Memory is a tricky thing – one reason why critics often abstain from speaking in absolutes. You might witness a live event of seemingly ineffable magnitude. Yet assuming there's no recording immediately available, no dispassionate document by which to check your instincts once the moment of initial contact cools and fades, who's to say whether you overreacted?

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Album review: David Lang, thorn

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For all that his large-scale works have commanded the spotlight over the last decade or so, David Lang initially burst into the public eye and ear with pithy, concise, and clever chamber works… On 'thorn,' an appealing new CD by flutist Molly Barth, Lang's puckish instrumental miniatures assume center stage.