press roll

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press roll (plural press rolls)

  1. A type of heavy roller, especially as used in papermaking.
  2. (jazz) A type of drumroll whereby the drumsticks are pressed against the skin of the drum.
    • 1946, Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe, Really the Blues, Payback Press 1999, p. 62:
      I really went for Ray's press roll on the drums; he was the first fay boy I ever heard who mastered this vital foundation of jazz music.