The Marcin Wasilewski Trio are the most well-known jazz band from Poland right now. These are musicians who are well-schooled in both jazz and classical music, and yet they give it their own unique perspective, which is distinctly European-sounding.
I'd never heard of Malika Zarra before I got her CD a few weeks ago, but it wasn't long before I was really taken with it. How different it sounds is exactly what attracted me to it — she's using Moroccan music with jazz.
This album was inspired by Vinicius Cantunaria's upbringing in Brazil. He grew up listening to Mexican music and watching Mexican movies from the Golden Age. When he moved to New York, all the Latin American immigrants reminded him of his childhood. "Calle 7" is about 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, where Vinicius says you can hear all of these different accents from all over Latin America.
When Vijay Iyer was invited to compose music for the anniversary of India's independence, he invited the guitarist Prasanna to play with him. (The composition heard here happens to be Prasanna's.) It's not a typical guitar sound — it draws from the Carnatic tradition of South India. Nitin Mitta plays the tabla, and is from the north — so south and north come together.