The Jazz Session #497: John Medeski

John Medeski has many irons in the fire, one of which is his new project Mad Skillet, featuring guitarist Will Bernard, sousaphonist Kirk Joseph and drummer Terence Higgins (the latter two from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band). In this interview, Medeski talks about the new album Mad Skillet; how honesty fuels his music and his sound; and the many projects he’s working on at the moment.

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The Jazz Session #496: Andrés Vial

Gang of Three is the new album from Montreal-based pianist Andrés Vial. In this interview, Vial talks about the relationship between Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell and Elmo Hope that inspired the album; how he ended up in the studio with Dezron Douglas and Eric McPherson; creating an instrumental piece from the words of a poem; and more.

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The Jazz Session #495: Taylor Ho Bynum

Taylor Ho Bynum just released The Ambiguity Manifesto (2019, Firehouse 12 Records), an album featuring his “9-tet.” In this interview, Taylor talks about his outstanding band; the evolution of his compositions in recent years; the many exciting projects he has coming up; and a lot more. (Here’s Taylor’s previous interview on The Jazz Session.)

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The Jazz Session #494: Francesco Guerri

Italian cellist Francesco Guerri has a new solo cello album on RareNoise Records called Su Mimmi non si spara! (“Don’t shoot Mimmi!”) In this interview, Guerri talks about the path from improvisation to composition; how a chance meeting brought him back to the cello in a new way; why he wants his music to reflect the truths of life; and more.

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The Jazz Session #493: Dor Herskovits

Drummer Dor Herskovits is on two new albums: Flying Elephants (with his own quintet) and Easy Listening (with the collective band Earprint). In this interview, Herskovits talks about the genesis of both bands; the use of humor in music; how his son’s impending birth inspired a song and a story; and more.

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