Evan Parker

Riccardo Schwamenthal

Along with new music by Natural Information Society, Cowboys & Frenchmen, and Michael Dease.

The essence of jazz is improvisation, it's often said. But there should also be a special clause for collaboration or communion — the magic that can happen when two or more are gathered to a creative end. Take Five celebrates that ideal this week, with results all over the stylistic map. Start with a fresh take on a tricky bebop head, and keep it moving.