listening to


Two out of print John Abercrombie albums
Marco Oppedisano -The Good News (for classical or electric guitar quartet)
Bill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra
Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz
Bill Evans – Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Bill Evans – How My Heart Sings!
Bill Evans – I Will Say Goodbye
Lou Reed – Hudson River Meditations
Derek Bailey & Dave Holland – Improvisations for Cello and Guitar
Jerome Cooper – the Unpredictability of Predictability
David Diamond – Complete String Quartets, Vol.1 & 2
Craig Taborn – Chants
Craig Taborn – Daylight Ghosts
Matt Mitchell – Vista Accumulation
Mary Halvorson – Ghost Loop
Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz – Music for Piano and Drums
Bill Bruford and Patrick Moraz – Flags
John Adams – Scheherazade.2
Ralph van Raat, John Adams – Complete Piano Music
Virgil Donati – In This Life
Virgil Donati – Stretch
Sofia Gubaidulina – Concerto for Bassoon and Low Strings
Sofia Gubaidulina – Triple Concerto (2016), for Violin, Cello, Bayan and Orchestra

20160703_205430 croppedSteve Lacy – Station/TAO, Nov. 7, 1970
Steve Lacy – Revolutionary Suicide, April 7, 1973
Joe Diorio – Solo Guitar
Aphex Twin – 10 Mellow Tracks for Free
Naqsh Trio – Narrante
Gallery – Gallery
Double Image – Dawn
Terje Rypdal – Descendre
Terje Rypdal – After the Rain
Leo Smith – the Kabel Years
Katrina Krimsky – Four Moons/a Rainbow in Curved Air
The Hired Hands: a Tribute to Bruce Langhorne
Larry Coryell, Badi Assad & John Abercrombie – Three Guitars
Frank Sinatra – Conducts Tone Poems Of Color


Happy New Ear!

Brian Eno – Reflection
Anthony Braxton – Composition 98
Anthony Braxton – Actuel
Anthony Braxton with the Robert Schuman String Quartet
Anthony Braxton, Milford Graves, William Parker – Beyond Quantum
Jimmy Lyons and Andrew Cyrille – Burnt Offering
Jimmy Lyons – Jump Up
Charlie Haden with Paul Bley and Paul Motian – the Montreal Tapes, vol. 7
Keith Jarrett – a Multitude of Angels
Jeff Johnston – Nuage
John Abercrombie – Teatro Comunale 2011
Charles Lloyd Quartet with John Abercrombie, Marc Johnson and Billy Hart
Jack DeJohnette – New Directions


Teun Hocks, untitled, 1981

Gavin Bryars – the Fifth Century
John Adams – Fellow Traveler
Henry Kaiser, Leo Smith – Yo Miles
Southwest Chamber Music, Leo Smith – Composer Portrait Series
Leo Smith – Ten Freedom Summers
Anthony Braxton – Duets 1976
Denny Zeitlin and Charlie Haden – Time Remembers One Time Once
Geri Allen & Time Line – Live!
Arvo Part – Choral & Instrumental Works
Loscil – Plume
Emerson, Lake and Powell
Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans
Yes – Drama

20160305_105007Hey gang…here’s some things I noticed in 2016. Budget restrictions mean I couldn’t check out everything I wanted to.

Here’s lists of things I listened to in 2016. I’ve been keeping track so I can go back and see if I need to go back and listen to anything again.

Rough year, let’s hope 2017 is better!

No particular order…


Ches Smith with Craig Taborn and Matt Maneri – The Bell (ECM)
Bill Frisell – When You Wish Upon a Star (Okeh)
Nels Cline – Lovers (Blue Note)
Ralph Alessi – Quiver (ECM)
Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Time/Life: Songs for the Whales and Other Beings (Impulse!)
Henry Threadgill’s Ensemble Double-Up, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi)
Wadada Leo Smith: America’s National Parks (Cuneiform)
Tyshawn Sorey – The Inner Spectrum Of Variables (Pi)
Kris Davis – Duopoly
Masabumi Kikuchi – Black Orpheus (ECM)
Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch)
John Scofield – Country for Old Men (Impulse!)
Gavin Bryars – The Fifth Century, Contemporary Music for Voices and Saxophones (ECM)

Reissues and Historical

Anthony Braxton – Quintet (Basel) 1977 (Hatology)
Peter Erskine with John Taylor and Palle Danielsson – As It Was (ECM)
Bill Evans, Some Other Time: The Lost Session from The Black Forest (Resonance)
Larry Young: In Paris: The ORTF Recordings, 1964-65 (Resonance)
Frank Zappa / Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object (Zappa)

A lot of cool releases from ECM

Markus Stockhausen, Florian Weber – Alba (ECM)
Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matthew Garrison – In Movement (ECM)
Andrew Cyrille Quartet – The Declaration of Musical Independence (ECM)
Vijay Iyer, Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM)
Michael Formanek Ensemble Kolossus, The Distance (ECM)


Thomas Koner – Tiento de la Luz (Denovali)
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
Brian Eno – The Ship (Warp)

Want List

Richard Poole, Marilyn Crispell, Gary Peacock: In Motion (Intakt)
Kepler Quartet, Ben Johnston – String Quartets Nos. 6, 7 & 8  (New World Records)
Mary Halvorson – Away With You (Firehouse 12)

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