My tastes tend toward the progressive and avant-garde, so, as far as being used for recommendations, YMMV.
I was thinking of getting rid of my CD’s, but once I removed them and their inserts from the jewel cases, put them into specifically designed plastic bags, then put them in specially made high quality file boxes, that desire quickly went away.
I can now store about 7 CDs in the same space that it takes to store one in a jewel case. So, my CD’s, despite having at least a thousand, are in easily accessible, alphabetized, stacked file boxes, in a closet, not taking up any space in my listening room.
Here are some very recent purchases, of all quite recent music:
Green Asphalt - S/T (2022) /Swedish prog band, with more than a nod to prog greats, Gentle Giant.
Mary Halvorson - Amaryllis (2022) / avant-garde jazz guitarist, with possibly her best recording yet. Also has a bit of chamber-jazz feel at times.
Bubblemath - Turf Ascension (2022) / really creative, and complex US prog band.
One Shot - À James (2022) / Great, intense jazz-fusion.
Anna Thorvalsdoittir - Rhizoma (2020) / Chamber and orchestral recordings of Iceland’s best classical composer.
SKE - Insolubilia (2021) / Italian prog band that kind of exists in the chamber-prog realm.
Harrison Birtwistle – Deep Time (2016) / Brilliant, atonal, ’thorny’ contemporary classical piece, by this recently deceased (4/22) Brit composer.
Craig Taborn - Daylight Ghosts (2016) / Great jazz quartet. Kind of on the intimate side of the spectrum. Taborn seems to me, to be the heir apparent to Keith Jarrett, not in exact style, but in musical philosophy.