Enrico Rava: "Wild Dance"

September 1, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Mario Castro: "Estrella de Mar"

August 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Erik Deutsch: "Outlaw Jazz"

August 13, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson

July 28, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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Violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson talks with Simon Rentner about his collaborations across genres with many musicians in Los Angeles.

Mark de Clive-Lowe: "Church"

July 28, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Lucas Pino: "The No-Net Nonet"

July 21, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Mammal Hands: "Animalia"

July 18, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Phronesis: "Life To Everything"

July 17, 2015 by Tim Wilkins
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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.

Elizabeth Shepherd's "The Signal"

July 12, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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The Montreal-based singer/songwriter explains the motivation behind making her recording "The Signal."  The conversation takes place at the 2015 Montreal International Jazz Festival with host Simon Rentner.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman Joins The Bad Plus

July 8, 2015 by Simon Rentner
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Joshua Redman joins Simon Rentner at the 2015 Montreal Jazz Festival.  Redman talks about about collaborating with The Bad Plus for their new recording on Nonesuch, plus shares his love for his hometown basketball team, The Golden State Warriors, now world champions.