Juno Award-winning bassist Roberto Occhipinti has just released his latest album The Next Step.

The new release represents a culmination of all of Occhipinti’s influences from throughout his diverse career. Joining him are two other musicians firmly rooted in Toronto’s music scene: pianist Adrean Farrugia and Grammy-winning drummer Larnell Lewis.

The Next Step is Occhipinti’s sixth release as bandleader. The album blends his many musical interests in a tight nine-track traditional jazz format.

Throughout the pandemic, Occhipinti has continued to record in his own studio, using the time to consolidate projects. He opted to put together a piano trio recording in order to test himself creatively.

“It’s always been a favourite form of mine, from the time I started playing bass after hearing Ray Brown in the Oscar Peterson Trio, then moving on to the classic Bill Evans trio with Scott LoFaro, and finally in my work with the Hilario Duran Trio.”