- •DAVID BAZANBlanco (2016) • My least favorite album from one of my favorite solo artists. For some reason he decided to mostly drop the guitars for synths and it sounds a lot more generic to me than his more organic music.
- •MARISSA NADLERBury Your Name (2016) • This release is eight tracks that didn't make her stellar "Strangers" album from earlier this year.
- •JOHANNES BRAHMSSymphony no. 4 (1983) • I've heard a ton of recordings of this over the years, but this one with Leonard Bernstein conducting the Vienna Philharmonic is an A+ jam. This work dates from 1885.
- •WAED BOUHASSOUNLa Voix de la Passion (2016) • There are not a lot of women oud players so she's a bit of a boundary breaker. I prefer some of her earlier stuff, but this is still a fine recording.
- •GEORGE ANTHEILBallet Mécanique (2001) • Written in 1924 as the soundtrack to a Dadaist silent film, Anthiel's percussion heavy work has never gotten the attention it's deserved IMO.