Ernesto Cervini is one of the busiest artists in jazz.

The Juno-winning drummer, composer and bandleader is an influential presence on Canada’s modern jazz scene and beyond. He has documented his vision with the Ernesto Cervini Quartet, the innovative sextet Turboprop, numerous co-led trio projects including MEM3, Myriad3 and TuneTown, and the quartet Tetrahedron.

Cervini’s ambitious new album Joy brings together many of the groups and musicians he’s worked with in the past in one place.

Thematically inspired by Louise Penny’s award-winning series of mystery novels, the album features Turboprop, Tetrahedron and TuneTown, along with the talents of vocalists Felicity Williams, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Alex Samaras and his sister Amy Cervini, clarinetist Virginia MacDonald, saxophonists Tara Davidson and Kelly Jefferson, trombonist William Carn, pianist Adrean Farrugia and bassists Dan Fortin and Rich Brown.

Cervini joined us to talk about the new record.