Jesse Dietschi is equally comfortable in both classical and jazz.

With credits ranging from orchestral soloist to jazz session player, Dietschi, who participated in JAZZ.FM91’s Jazzology program back in 2009, is equally fluent in both musical idioms as a bassist, composer, and bandleader.

Dietschi has just released a new recording called Gradient, which, as he says, “invites the listener on a journey from modern jazz soundscapes to chamber music aesthetics and back again.” Joined by pianist Ewen Farncombe and drummer Ethan Ardelli, Dietschi features a selection of compositions that draw from his extensive training in both the jazz and orchestral fields to create lush, colourful and wide-ranging sounds and styles.

Dietschi joined us to talk about the new album.