In the ‘90s, Julian continued teaching and touring with Dave Holland and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra. But by the end of the ‘90s, his health was failing him and in March of 2000, Priester received a liver transplant. The ordeal has left him with a new appreciation for life and music. The evidence of that renewed spirit is, In Deep End Dance
, his first release as a leader in 25 years. The music performed reflects the clarity and beauty that are constants in Priester’s performance, but also displays the contemplative interaction necessary to seek what is possible in the music. While his journey continues, it’s good to have documentation of some of his stops along the way. His new release is the latest entry into a journal that is already swollen with history. It’s comforting to know that the history is still be written by Julian Priester.