James Clay resurfaced in the public consciousness in the early '90s after being almost forgotten for many years. An underrated, extremely soulful and bluesy tenor saxophonist, Clay was a successful honking stylist in the '50s, touring and playing through the Southwest. He was also an early partner of Ornette Coleman. Clay was a featured member of the Ray Charles orchestra during the '60s, and recorded a marvelous album with David "Fathead" Newman before dropping out of sight. He returned in the late '80s, with a tremendous session of standards and ballads backed by the Cedar Walton trio. Clay continued strong into the '90s, recording for Antilles with Newman and Roy Hargrove. He has several sessions available on CD.