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

This week’s Spotify jukebox does not correspond precisely with the listed selections that follow, but attempts to maintain this playlist’s personality, continuity, and spirit.

Olivier Messiaen – Livre du Saint-Sacrement – Paul Jacobs (Naxos; 2010)

Muhal Richard AbramsVision Towards Essence (Pi Recordings; 2007)

Art Ensemble of ChicagoPhase One (America/Universal France; 1971/2004)

Michiyo Yagi & Marco LucchiThe swallow (self-released; 2017; now deleted)

Mark McGuireIdeas of Beginnings (VDSQ; due June 2, 2017)

Anthony Pasquarosa – Abbandonato Da Dio Nazione (VDSQ; due June 2, 2017)

Chuck Johnson – Balsams (VDSQ; due June 2, 2017)

Leyland Kirby – When We Parted My Heart Wanted to Die (from Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was) (History Always Favours the Winners; 2009/2017)

Miles DavisJVC Jazz Festival, The Summit, Houston, TX, June 9, 1989 (radio recording/YouTube; 2016)

The RevolutionMetro, Chicago, IL, April 23, 2017 (audience video/YouTube; 2017)

RapoonRhiz (Klanggalerie/Zoharum; 2002/2017)

RapoonMy Life As a Ghost (Klanggalerie/Zoharum; 2004/2017)

Edward ElgarThe Apostles – Rebecca Evans, Alice Coote, Paul Groves, Jacques Imbrailo, David Kempster, Brindley Sherratt, Hallé Orchestra, Choir & Youth Choir/Mark Elder (Hallé)

Pierluigi BilloneITI KE MI; Equilibrio. Cerchio – Marco Fusi (Kairos; due May 19, 2017)

Yarn/WireYarn/Wire/Currents, Vol. 0 (Yarn/Wire; 2017) {Review}
> Tyondai BraxtonMusic for Ensemble and Pitch Shifter/Delay; Nathan Davis – de clocher à clocher; Peter Evansreturns

Johannes Brahms – Symphonies Nos. 1-4 – Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (BSO Classics; 2017)

Alex MincekTorrent (Sound American; 2017)
> Pendulum VII – Wet Ink Ensemble; Harmonielehre I, II, III – Josh Modney, Eric Wubbels; Pneuma – Michael Ibrahim, Wet Ink Ensemble; Harmonielehre V, IV, VI – Modney, Wubbels; Torrent – Yarn/Wire, Mivos Quartet

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

John ColtraneThe Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (Impulse!; 1997)

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