After 17 years, Hilario Durán has fulfilled a long-held dream to record another album with a big band.

The Cuban-Canadian pianist and composer leads a 19-piece ensemble on Cry Me a Riverhis first big band recording since 2006’s From the Heart.

A mix of originals and existing material, the nine works on the recording stem from the Grammy-nominated and Juno-winning artist’s Afro-Caribbean cultural topography, but they also showcase his gifts for bending tradition and infusing his arrangements with improvisation.

Durán joined us on Café Latino to tell us more about it.