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Morning Jazz: Hear Michael Wolff on the Rebound, with His Effervescent Trio

Bounce, the new release by pianist Michael Wolff, represents a grand celebration of life.

The album, out today on Sunnyside, is his musical response to a three-year journey back from a rare form of cancer that nearly took him from us. During Wolff’s return visit to Morning Jazz, we talk about that historic recovery, and the resilience that flows through his new music.

His bandmates, bassist Ben Allison and drummer Allan Mednard, are returning from their last outing as a trio, Swirl, to collaborate on originals including the title track, “Chill,” “Resuscitate” and “Caribbean Rain Dance” — the last one suggesting a sense memory of Wolff’s days with Sonny Rollins and Cal Tjader.

Here is the band performing “Chill” in our performance studio.

Bounce is available now on Sunnyside. The Michael Wolff Trio performs tonight and tomorrow at the Birdland Theater in New York City.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosts the morning show each weekday from 6:00am -12:00pm. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.