Ten+ albums that moved me when I was a teen, everybody is listing them on Facebook this week. In 1973, I was 13.

Jeff Beck – Blow by Blow/Wired
Pat Metheny – Watercolors
Ralph Towner – Solstice
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Johnny Winter – Progressive Blues Experiment
Steve Hillage – Fish Rising
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Birds of Fire
Yes – Relayer
King Crimson – Starless and Bible Black
Frank Zappa – Zoot Allures
ZZ Top – Fandango
Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

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)


No particular order…


Jack DeJohnette – Made in Chicago
Tim Berne’s Snakeoil – You’ve Been Watching Me
John Luther Adams – The Wind in High Places
Max Richter – SLEEP
Harvey Valdes – Roundabout
Jurica Jelic – Cognitive Dissonance
Jurica Jelic – Sve nijanse Dinare / All shades of Dinara
James Ross- Bardo Thodol and Heaven
Marco Oppedisano- Resolute
Keith Jarrett- Creation
Joseph Benzola – Tuareg
Africa Express Presents… Terry Riley’s In C Mali
Björk – Vulnicura
Kenny Wheeler – Songs for Quintet
Gary Peacock – Now This
Julian Lage – World’s Fair
Vijay Iyler – Break Stuff
Jerry Pergolesi, Contact, Brian Eno – Discreet Music
David Cross & Robert Fripp – Starless Starlight


Billy Gibbons – Perfectamundo
Jimi Hendrix – Freedom: the Atlanta Pop Festival
King Crimson – Live at the Orpheum
King Crimson – Thrak box


John Abercrombie – The First Quartet box
Led Zeppelin reissues

Want list: things I want to check out. Based on previous experience, these look pretty good.

Matt Mitchell – Vista Accumulation
Milford Graves/Bill Laswell, Space/Time – Redemption
Stephen Haynes – Pomegranate
Pat Metheny and others – Hommage à Eberhard Weber
Mary Halvorson – Meltframe
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Bird Calls
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – In The Light of Air
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Complete Early Percussion Works (Mode)
Harmonia – Complete Works

edit: things I heard later

Valentina Lisitsa plays Philip Glass – The Hours, Metamorphosis, Mad Rush



songbirdsongs *

 Opus One


A Northern Suite/Night Peace

 Opus One


Forest Without Leaves

 Owl Records


The Far Country * 

New Albion


Earth and the Great Weather

New World Records


Clouds of Forgetting, Clouds of Unknowing *

New World Records


Dark Wind

Cold Blue Music


The Light That Fills the World *

Cold Blue Music


In the White Silence *

New World Records


Strange and Sacred Noise

Mode Records


The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies *

Cantaloupe Music


for Lou Harrison *

New World Records


red arc/blue veil * 

Cold Blue Music


The Place We Began *

Cold Blue Music


Four Thousand Holes 

Cold Blue Music



Mode Records



Cantaloupe Music


Become Ocean * 

Cantaloupe Music


The Wind in High Places *

Cold Blue Music


Just Strings, John Luther Adams, Lou Harrison *

Microfest Records



Cantaloupe Music


The Stone People

Cantaloupe Music

* = listen

2012 – Cold Blue Two (Cold Blue artist compilation with Sky with Four Sons by John Luther Adams )

2012 – Cornelius Dufallo – Journaling (Innova, includes Three High Places by John Luther Adams with Cornelius Dufallo, Violin/Electronics)


Alex Ross’ rough diagram of Become Ocean.

a597460e455b1ffc-10604701_10152877704408939_2680894832698653855_omy list, in no particular order…


Nels Cline and Julian Lage – Room (Mack Avenue)
Kenny Barron and Dave Holland – The Art of Conversation (Impulse!/Blue Note Records)
Paul Bley – Play Blue – Oslo Concert (ECM)
Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden – Last Dance (ECM)
Wolfgang Muthspiel – Driftwood (ECM)
Vijay Iyer – Mutations (ECM)
Joe Morris – Balance (Clean Feed Records)


David Sylvian – there’s a light that enters houses with no other house in sight
Anna Thorvaldsdottir – Aerial (Deutsche Grammophon)
John Luther Adams – Become Ocean (Cantaloupe)
Sarah Cahill, Mamoru Fujieda – Patterns of Plants (Pinna)
A Winged Victory For The Sullen – Atomos (Kranky)
Harold Budd – Jane 12-21 (Darla Records)
Philip Glass – The Complete Piano Etudes (Orange Mountain Music)
The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass (Orange Mountain Music)
Harry Partch – Plec­tra and Per­cus­sion Dances (Bridge Records)


Fripp and Eno – Live in Paris 28.05.1976 (Discipline Global Mobile)
John Coltrane, Offering: Live At Temple University (Impulse!/Resonance)
Charlie Haden, Jim Hall (Impulse!)
Miles Davis: Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 (Columbia/Legacy)
King Crimson – Starless (Discipline Global Mobile)


Steve Lacy – Black Saint/Soul Note box, Vol.2
Jimmy Lyons – Black Saint/Soul Note box
Brian Eno – The Shutov Assembly (All Saints, includes bonus disc)
Captain Beefheart – Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972, (Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid, Clear Spot, plus out takes – Rhino/Warner Bros.)
Jon Hassell – City: Works of Fiction (All Saints, includes two bonus discs) ()
Ralph Towner/John Abercrombie – Five Years Later (ECM)


Robert Plant – Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch)
Pink Floyd – Endless River (Columbia)

want list:

Wadada Leo Smith, The Great Lakes Suites (Tum Records)
Ron Miles, Circuit Rider (Enja)
Morton Feldman – Two Pianos and other pieces, 1953-1969 (Another Timbre)


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