Take Five: A Weekly Jazz Sampler

Get to know jazz, five songs at a time.

Sun Ra's music sounds like it was intercepted from another world.

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Jayne Cortez in 1996. The poet often recorded her poems to improvised music.
James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
Donny Hathaway remains widely admired in jazz, but much of his repertoire has yet to be tapped by improvisers.
Lionel Loueke (left) and Miguel Zenon (right) join Jeff Ballard in the drummer's rhythm-oriented trio.