Dave Restivo is one of Canada’s great pianists.

The award-winning musician is a former member of both Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass and the Rob McConnell Tentet. He’s also worked with the likes of Mike Murley, Marc Jordan, Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler and Howard Johnson, to name a few.

Restivo has just released Arancinahis third record as a leader. It’s an album about travelling and absorbing different cultures, and the effect those experiences have on shaping people.

Restivo joined us on the phone from the Yukon, where he’s currently living and teaching, to talk about the new album.