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

Spotify jukebox does not correspond precisely with the listed selections that follow, but maintains the playlist’s continuity and personality.

Bedrich SmetanaMá vlast – Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/Jakub Hrusa (Tudor; 2017)

Shirley HornLive at the Four Queens (Resonance; 1988/2016)

King CrimsonPalais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 1996 (DGMLive; 2012)

Cedar Walton, Ron Carter & Jack DeJohnetteCedar Walton, Ron Carter & Jack DeJohnette (Limetree; 1986)

Keiji HainoWatashi Dake? (Pinakotheca/The Black Editions; 1981/2017)

Anthony BraxtonThe Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton (Mosaic; 1974-80/2008)

Ralph Vaughan Williams – A Pastoral Symphony; Symphony No. 4 – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Manze (Onyx; 2017)

Chaya CzernowinWintersongs – Jeffrey Gavett, Kai Wessel, International Contemporary Ensemble/Steven Schick (Kairos; 2017)
Wintersongs V: Forgotten Light; Five Action Sketches I: Breathe; Wintersongs IV: Wounds / Mistletoe; Five Action Sketches II: So Narrow; Five Action Sketches IV: Sliver; Wintersongs II: Stones; Five Action Sketches V: Sand

Marco LucchiForsaken (self-released; 2017)

Kevin DrummMay (Part 1) (self-released; 2017)

Annika SocolofskyBeneath the Snow – Annika Socolofsky, chamber ensemble (SoundCloud; 2015)

Annika SocolofskyBoža – Annika Socolofsky, chamber ensemble (SoundCloud; 2013)

Stefan FraunbergerQuellgeister #1 (Chmafu Nocords; 2014)

Pierluigi BilloneITI KE MI; Equilibrio. Cerchio – Marco Fusi (Kairos; 2017)

Various artistsMix Tape #38: Organ (5:4; 2017; download here)

Angelo BadalamentiTwin Peaks (original soundtrack) (Warner Bros.; 1990)

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