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Steve Smith
Jackson Heights, NY
Word wrangler. Proud papa. Conspicuous consumer of music, live and otherwise.
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Friends, colleagues, virtual associates: here is a thing I've been thinking long and hard about saying—or not. Possibly you've noticed that I have not been updating this blog very frequently lately, not even with routine posts sharing work I've made... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the May 13, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates May 8-14. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the April 29, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates April 24-30. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the May 6, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates May 1-7. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Richard Wagner - Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Michael Volle, Roberto Saccà, Anna Gabler, Monika Bohinec, Peter Sonn, Markus Werba, Georg Zeppenfeld, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Vienna... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Orange by Caroline Shaw & Attacca Quartet Caroline Shaw - Orange - Attacca Quartet (New Amsterdam/Nonesuch; due April 19, 2019) > Entr'acte; Valencia; Plan & Elevation; Punctum;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the March 18, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates March 13-19. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Columbia Icefield by Nate Wooley Nate Wooley - Columbia Icefield (Northern Spy; 2019) Control: Live Works for Mixer Feedback by Philip White Philip White - Control: Live... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Joseph Schwantner - New Morning for the World - Willie Stargell, Eastman Philharmonia/David Effron (Mercury; 1983) Scholars by Buke and Gase Buke and Gase - Scholars (Brassland;... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Nature Denatured and Found Again by Michael Pisaro Michael Pisaro - Nature Denatured and Found Again (Gravity Wave; due Feb. 15, 2019) Tom Carter - Raw Mono... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. MFCD A | Andrea Borghi | Sostrato by Marginal Frequency Andrea Borghi - Sostrato (Marginal Frequency; 2017) Jeanne Lee with Ran Blake - The Newest Sound You... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the February 18/February 25, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates February 13-26. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Night After Night
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The Girl's continuing journey through music, with The Dad taking notes. Barbara Hannigan singing with the Berlin Philharmonic (Photograph: YouTube) Hans Abrahamsen let me tell you Barbara Hannigan, Boston Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons (WCRB broadcast; 2016) "Pretty," says the girl, who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Dead & Company - Playing in the Sand, Riviera Maya, MX, 2/15/18 (Los Muertos/Rhino; 2019) Pat Metheny - Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20 (Tzadik/Nonesuch;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Franz Joseph Haydn - String Quartet in D (Op. 71, No. 2) - Maxwell String Quartet (YouTube; 2017) Joey Roukens - Boundless (Homage to L.B.) - Royal... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Two Functions in Three Dimensions: music for meditative cooking by Nat Evans Nat Evans - Two Functions in Three Dimensions: music for meditative cooking - Scott Worthington... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the January 14, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates January 9-15. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Bent Knee - Land Animal (Inside Out/Sony; 2017) Derek Bailey - Solo - London 1985 (YouTube; 1985) Derek Bailey - Playing for Friends on 5th Street (Straw2Gold... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Medeski Martin & Wood/Alarm Will Sound - Omnisphere (Indirecto; 2018) IRISIRI by Eartheater Eartheater - Irisiri (PAN; 2018) Sleeping/Walking by Black Eagle Child Black Eagle Child -... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the January 7, 2019 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates January 2-8. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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The popular understanding of what a critic does is that a critic tells you whether something is good or bad. But that is the least interesting part of a critic’s job, when all is said and done, because two critics... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at Night After Night
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Up until about 15 years ago, I maintained a document whose existence I cherished: a near-complete listing of all the concerts I'd attended during my lifetime up to that point. "Near-complete," because I'm pretty sure it started with Spyro Gyra... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Night After Night
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My contributions to the Goings On About Town section in the December 24/December 31, 2018 issue of The New Yorker, covering the dates December 19-January 1. (Click on any listing to enlarge it.) [link] [link] [link] [link] Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Mark R. Taylor - Aftermaths - Teodora Stepančić (Another Timbre; 2018) > For Alex Schady; from Moments Musicaux Book 1; Aftermaths Set One; from Moments Musicaux Book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Night After Night
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A weekly tally of memorable things Steve Smith has stuck in his ears. Landmarks by Celer + Forest Management Celer + Forest Management - Landmarks (Constellation Tatsu; 2018) Henry Threadgill - The Complete Novus and Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Night After Night