Stax of Sax
Herb Geller, Vic Feldman, Walter Norris, Leroy Vinnegar, Anthony Vazley
Originally issued on Jubilee Records.
1. Nightmare Alley (6:01)
2. A cool day (7:00)
3. The Princess (4:11)
4. Change Partners (6:45)
5. It might be as well be spring (9:13)
Recorded in LA, 1958
"This somewhat obscure recording by the bop-oriented altoist Herb Geller features him in a 1958 quintet with vibraphonist Victor Feldman, pianist Walter Norris, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Anthony Vazley. Other than a session for Atco, this was Geller's last American album until 1993; it would be 1975 before he recorded as a leader again. Geller is in fine form on three of his originals and two standards ("Change Partners" and "It Might as Well Be Spring"). Originally cut for Jubilee, this Fresh Sound CD is part of an extensive series that has brought back many forgotten dates from the 1950s. Bop collectors will enjoy this one."
Scott Yanow (AMG)