Kris Davis

John Abbott

Also: a made-in-quarantine album by Miles Okazaki, and the marital duo of Jana Herzen and Charnett Moffett.

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The Checkout Live at Berklee presented some of jazz’s finest modern masters in concert. They all happen to be women.

Drummer Terri Lynne Carrington, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Linda May Han Oh, flutist Elena Pindherhughes, flugelhornist Milena Casado Fauquet, saxophonist Tia Fuller and vocalist Nadia Washington joined students from The Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice band in a not-to-be-missed concert.

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During the wintertime, there’s always an avalanche of music-related storylines hitting our Inbox. Between the results of 2019 NPR Jazz Critics Poll and a shovel-load of exciting releases on the horizon, writers Francis Davis, Nate Chinen and I have you covered.

Whirlwind Recordings

What does our music sound like now?

We mean “now” as in right now — fall of 2019? There’s no simple answer to that question, but The Checkout is here to help. Taking our cue from the WBGO Fall Preview, a rundown of 88 picks for the new season, we’ll explore some of the albums poised to make an impact in the weeks to come.


Autumn brings a cornucopia for jazz fans. 

Must-have albums, can’t-miss festivals, sounds both old and new. WBGO has gathered 88 highlights for your enjoyment, with expert commentary. (Pumpkin spice sold separately.)

Jonathan Chimene / WBGO

This week’s Take Five is a supersize preview, featuring picks for Friday and Saturday nights. 

Peter Gannushkin

Kris Davis and Craig Taborn, "Love in Outer Space"

Shervin Lainez

Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet, “inter-are”

Would it be fair to say Mark Guiliana has been typecast? He’s a drummer best known for his advances along the axis of groove, most visibly with the surging Donny McCaslin Quartet, which served as David Bowie’s valedictory band. But Guiliana cut his teeth in the acoustic postbop tradition, and in addition to the project he calls Beat Music, he leads the Mark Guiliana Jazz Quartet — an astute, flowing combo with saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Fabian Almazan and bassist Chris Morrissey.