Pianist Vijay Iyer, voted “jazz artist of the year” by the 2015 Downbeat International Critics Poll, shares music from his latest ECM recording Break Stuff, with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Marcus Gilmore.
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The pianist creates a composition inspired by minimalist Detroit techno producer DJ Robert Hood, and Then he shares his thoughts about Billy Strayhorn’s emotionally-crushing last tune, "Blood Count."
This interview was recorded at the 2015 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal.
Photo credit: Barbara Rigon
Justin “Justefan” Thomas is a professional vibraphonist and "just a fan" of music.
He talks with Simon Rentner about performing at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival with Makaya McCraven’s In The Moment and Marquis Hill’s Blacktet.
Trumpeter Enrico Rava shares music from his latest ECM release Wild Dance. Rava, one of Italy’s most important cultural exports, reflects on his unorthodox entry to the music, witnessing Miles Davis and Lester Young together during a 1956 European concert tour.
This interview was recorded at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Puerto Rican saxophonist Mario Castro talks about his new album, "Estrella de Mar," which honors his father with a suite for voices and strings.
The album features Castro's group with Josh Shpak on trumpet, Tamir Shmerling, bass, KyuMin Shim, piano, and Jonathan Pinson, drums, as well as David Sanchez on tenor saxophone and Casey Benjamin on vocoder.
The strings are Kailey Shaffer, violin, Fung Chern, violin, Allyson Clare, viola, and Brian Sanders, cello.
Alex Ariff produced this segment.
Pianist Erik Deutsch talks with guest producer Kyle Eagle about the intersection of country and jazz on his album "Outlaw Jazz," which features his adaptations of Bo Diddley, The Rolling Stones, and his own compositions.
Violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson talks with Simon Rentner about his collaborations across genres with many musicians in Los Angeles.
Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe talks with Simon Rentner about his album "Church," which is based on the live jazz remix parties he hosts in Los Angeles and New York.
Saxophonist Lucas Pino talks about his new recording and ensemble, both named "The No Net Nonet." The group appears regularly at New York's Smalls Jazz Club.
The name of this trio from Norwich in the U.K. is Mammal Hands. Don't know them? You should. Simon Rentner talks to saxophonist Jordan Smart (pictured), pianist Nick Smart and drummer Jesse Barrett about their album "Animalia" at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Simon Rentner talks with bassist Jasper Hoiby (pictured), pianist Ivo Neame, and drummer Anton Eger from the group Phronesis about their album Life To Everything. They spoke at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival.