Canadian saxophonist and bandleader Cory Weeds teamed up with one of today’s preeminent organ bands to record a blistering set of Italian-themed tunes.

Weeds has performed with the likes of Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride, and his record label Cellar Music Group is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

His 17th album as a bandleader, O Sole Mio! Music From the Motherland is a soulful and expressive record that brings out the jazz in classic and contemporary Italian music. It features a stellar lineup of musicians that includes organist Mike LeDonne, saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Joe Farnsworth — and when you listen to the record, you can even hear how much fun they had recording it.

For the New Music Spotlight, Weeds joined us to talk about the making of this new album.