Untying the Standard
Counterpoint and harmony are in nice relief on this duo recording. In the past, veteran Joel Press' recordings have garnered serious critical praise. Not one who records frequently, any release by Press is an occasion of note. Here he is joined once again by Kyle Aho's most inventive piano on a program that offers a fresh approach, primarily to standards. Stylistically there are elements from Fats Waller to Lester Young to the progressive Bop of today. The inventive sounds of this duo are a complete joy and will appeal to listeners of many Jazz genres.