Duncan Hopkins and Kenny Wheeler have a lot in common.

Both have connections to both Canada and the U.K.: Wheeler was born in Canada yet spent much of his career playing in Britain, while Hopkins was born in the U.K. and now calls Canada home.

Both musicians are prolific players and composers. Both have called St. Catharines home at different points in time. And both have had a wonderful working relationship with each other and with their colleagues.

So, it’s no surprise that for his latest recording, bassist and composer Duncan Hopkins pays tribute to his mentor Kenny Wheeler. The project finds Hopkins putting his own spin on the music of Wheeler while also composing tunes in his honour — or even at his prodding.

Hopkins joined us to talk about his latest album Who Are You? The Music of Kenny Wheeler.