Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Gellers

Herb Geller is a survivor of the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 1950s who played better than ever in the mid-'90s. Geller played in 1946 with Joe Venuti's Orchestra and in 1949, he traveled to New York to play with Claude Thornhill. In 1951, he moved back to L.A. and married the excellent bop pianist Lorraine Walsh. Geller was a fixture in L.A., playing with Billy May (1952), Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers, Bill Holman, and Chet Baker, among others ; jamming with Clifford Brown and Max Roach (1954) ; and leading a quartet that included his wife (1954-1955). Lorraine Geller's sudden death in 1958 eventually resulted in the altoist deciding to leave the country to escape his grief. He played with Benny Goodman off and on between 1958-1961, spent time in Brazil, and in 1962, moved to Berlin. Geller worked in German radio orchestras for 30 years, played in European big bands, and continued to grow as a musician, although he was pretty much forgotten in the U.S. From the early '90s on, Herb Geller returned to the States on a more regular basis and he recorded a tribute to Al Cohn for Hep. Geller also recorded as a leader in the 1950s for EmArcy, Jubilee, and Atco, and in the 1980s and '90s for Enja, Fresh Sound, and V.S.O.P.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/herb-geller-p6564/biography

Herb Geller
The Gellers


1 Araphoe (Geller)  4:03
2 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  5:03
3 If I Were a Bell (Loesser)  3:05
4 The Answer Man (Geller)  3:50
5 Love Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere (Blaine, Martin)  3:09
6 Two of a Kind (Geller)  2:53
7 Blues in the Night (Arlen, Mercer)  5:18
8 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (Link, Rose, Waller)  3:18
9 Patterns (Geller)  2:51
10 The Heather on the Hill (Lerner, Loewe)  5:20
11 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (Hart, Rodgers)  4:56
12 Supper Time (Berlin)  5:31


[# 1-4, 7, 10-12] 
Herb Geller - as
Lorraine Geller - p
Red Mitchell - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; April 20, 1955
[# 5, 6, 8, 9]
Same as above
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; April 21, 1955


Orbyt said...

Really appreciate these Geller posts Mel, thank you!

d3lta said...

Ditto, these membran Geller offerings look and sound fantastic, many thanks and happy 2011!

Baron said...

Thank you Mel ... The Gellers ... Baron

fcapeau said...

Great post, Mel. By the way, Lorraine recorded three albums with her husband for EmArcy, a few titles with him for Imperial, a Red Mitchell record, and made a trio set of her own for Dot in 1954. Is anybody in the community to share these pearls ??

deGallo said...

Thank you.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

RichardD said...

Thanks Mel,

Fantastic to hear Herb and Lorraine playing together. She would indeed have been a sad loss.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...


Otis Foster said...

Thanks melanchthon. I'd lost a file somewhere along the way.

Axel.T. said...

Thanks a million for this one, Mel. There is so much good jazz here, sometimes I just don't know where to start looking to hear so much great music. I wish all the old links on other servers would be transferred to Zippshare as they are really good!
Thank YOU and ALL the other people here for this incredible jazz music site.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you for this interesting post Mel!

Alberto Cos said...

Merci beaucoup!!