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: 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.