Russell Malone is a guitarist who gives you everything in his playing. You get fire and touch, you get beauty and tone.

He’s one of the most versatile guitarists in the jazz world over the last 40 years, playing with the likes of Jimmy Smith, Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, Ron Carter and Ray Brown.

Ahead of a performance in Toronto, Malone joined us for a conversation about what it takes to find your sound, and how he defines his own.