Take Five

Blue Note Records

Take Five goes international this week, with artists from South Africa, Germany, Cuba, Spain, Israel and the UK.

Chris Drukker

Also: new music by Nicholas Payton, Michael Dease, Nels Cline with Yuka Honda, and Big Band of Brothers.

Dimitry Medvedev

Also: Dick Hyman and Ken Peplowski finesse the songs of Lerner & Loewe, and Tyshawn Sorey goes deep with Marilyn Crispell.

Jean-Marc Lubrano

And a classic throwback from the late pianist Johnny Costa.

Concord Jazz

Along with two other recommended albums — a total of six. (We’re feeling generous.)

Shervin Lainez

New music that falls just outside the jazz sphere, in one way or another.


And a smooth new groove from David Benoit and Friends.

Hollis King

Artists from five continents make up this week's playlist.

Blue Note Records

Along with the latest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Buika, and Bushman’s Revenge.

The Newport Jazz Festival is upon us, and with it comes a rash of tough decisions.

Shervin Lainez

And introducing SPAGA, a new trio led by pianist Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits.

Sully Sullivan

Along with gripping new music by the avant-garde super trio Alcorn / McPhee / Vandermark, pianist Victor Gould, and the late alto saxophonist Art Pepper.

Nathan West

Also: new music by Al Foster, Jeremy Udden, Aaron Novik and Keiko Matsui.

Erika Nj Allen

Righteous new music by the J.D. Allen Trio, William Parker’s In Order to Survive, Matthew Whitaker and more.

Josh Goleman

Plus: new music by Nature Work, ¿Que Vola? and Melissa Gardiner.

Desmond White

(And by "other gifts," we mean an irresistible groove from Avishai Cohen; a mysterious swirl by Ben LaMar Gay and JayVe Montgomery; and a choice morsel of Andy Summers playing Thelonious Monk.)

Courtesy of the artist

Plus: Wynton Marsalis airs symphonic ambitions and Andrew Cyrille receives his due.

Along with the latest by the Anat Fort Trio and Sam Newsome — and a 20-year-old stunner from Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motian.

Courtesy of the artist

Along with a previously unheard Stan Getz gem from 1961.

Erin Patrice O'Brien

Along with the latest from guitarist Will Sellenraad, keyboardist Romain Collin, and trombonist Kalia Vandever.

Silvia Saponaro

Along with new music by Ralph Peterson & The Messenger Legacy, the Mark Dresser Seven, and a supertrio of Dave Douglas, Uri Caine and Andrew Cyrille. 

Renata Raksha

Along with the latest by Kneebody and Sarathy Korwar.

Gabriel Bertogg

Along with Wadada Leo Smith’s salute to Rosa Parks, Wynton Marsalis’ soundtrack to Bolden, and Tom McDermott’s take on a Joplin rag.

Anna Yatskevich

Stretch your horizons this week in Take Five.


The National Endowment for the Arts inducts its 2019 Jazz Masters on April 15.

In advance of the main event — a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center, which we’ll livestream here at WBGO — we’re celebrating the new class of honorees in Take Five.