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

King CrimsonRed (Virgin/DGM; 1974/2014)

Giuseppe VerdiRigoletto – Maria Callas, Giuseppe di Stefano, Tito Gobbi, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Tullio Serafin (EMI Classics; 1956/1997)

Anthony BraxtonQuartet (Paris) 1969 (Braxton Bootleg; 2011)

Anthony VineRemnants (Galtta Media; 2017)

Morbid AngelGateways to Annihilation (Earache; 2000)

MeshuggahDestroy Erase Improve (Nuclear Blast; 1995)

Brood MaDaze (Tri-Angle; 2016)

Yearning KruCopper Vale (Planet Mu; 2016)

NeurosisThrough Silver in Blood (Relapse/Neurot; 1996/2009)

Sophia Subbayya VastekHistories (Innova; due May 26, 2017)
> Michael HarrisonJaunpuri – Michael Harrison, Nitin Mitta; John CageShe Is Asleep; Dream I; Michael HarrisonHijaz Prelude – Michael Harrison, Nitin Mitta; John CageA Room; Dream II; Donnacha DennehyStainless Staining; John Cage – Dream III

SleepDopesmoker (Rise Above/Southern Lord; 1999/2012)

Coalesce012:2 (Relapse; 1999/2008)

D.R.I.Crossover (Metal Blade; 1987)

SuffocationPierced from Within (Roadrunner; 1995)

CandlemassEpicus Doomicus Metallicus (Black Dragon; 1986)

Paradise LostGothic (Peaceville; 1991)

Bill EvansLive at Art D’Lugoff’s Top of the Gate (Resonance; 2012)

Bill FrisellHave a Little Faith (Nonesuch; 1992)

Alex de Grassi & G.E. StinsonShortwave Postcard (Auditorium; 2001)

Anton Bruckner – Symphony No. 3 in D minor; Richard WagnerTannhäuser Overture – Gewandhausorchester/Andris Nelsons (Deutsche Grammophon; due May 5, 2017)

Jussi BjörlingLebendige Vergangenheit (Preiser; 2002)

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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.