John Scofield’s list of accomplishments is long, and his list of credits is enormous.

Needless to say, Scofield has been one of the leading voices in jazz and beyond since the mid-1970s. Gerry Mulligan, Charles Mingus, Gary Burton, Miles Davis… Scofield has lent his unmistakable tone to an incredible amount of music. That includes his own, having made more than 40 records with Blue Note, Verve, Impulse and more.

Now, the 68-year-old Scofield is set to release a new album with ECM called Swallow Taleswhich celebrates the music of his friend and mentor Steve Swallow. The nine tunes are a mix of Swallow compositions that have become standards alongside some lesser-known works.

Scofiend joined us for a conversation about that long-time collaboration, how the new album came together, and how he’s been coping with not being on the road.