Saxophonist Joel Press is
a versatile musician who has performed with such diverse players
as pianist Jaki Byard, bassist Jimmy Garrison of the John Coltrane
Quartet, vocalist Sheila Jordan and Duke Ellington's ubiquitous
cornetist/ violinist/ vocalist Ray Nance.
In an age of retro preoccupation
by younger players, Joel Press speaks the language of swing based,
post-World War II jazz in as singular a fashion as any living saxophonist.
He has been listening to this music all of his life, and playing
it for almost a half century.