Herb Geller

Playing Jazz - The Musical Autobiography of Herb Geller

Fresh Sound 5000 Series

Herb Geller (as, ss), Tom Ranier (p), John Leitham (b), Paul Kreibich (d)

Reference: FSRCD 5011

Bar code: 8427328650113

01. Overture 2:51
02. Midnight Memories 3:27
03. Max Flack and Sam Geller / The New World Playing Jazz 5:48
04. Chromatic Cry 2:47
05. Stand-Up Comic 3:35
06. Lenny's Bit 2:35
07. Tolerance and Lovin' 2:37
08. Searching for Truth Searching / Playing Jazz 5:05
09. Celebrating Bird (Geller) 4:07
10. Times Like These 3:20
11. Pick-Up Pieces 3:32
12. The Order 3:35
13. Joe Albany 5:26
14. My Favorite Songs 3:31
15. Common Ground 3:51
16. Chet Baker/Chet and The Devil 4:09
17. Mr. Music 4:47
18. Music and Life 5:23
19. Nostalgia 2:41

Album details

Music and words by Herb Geller

Herb Geller (alto & soprano sax), Tom Ranier (piano), John Leitham (bass), Paul Kreibich (drums).

Includes dramatized story of Geller's life with spoken dialogue interspersed with music.
Cast: Lothar Atwell, Mike Campbell, Herb Geller, Stephanie Haynes, Polly Podewell ; with Rich Crystal as Lenny Bruce; Chuck Niles, as Geller's "alter ego," narrator.
Transcription of script inserted in the booklet.

Recorded at Sage & Sound Studio, Hollywood, January 16,17,19 & 20,1995

Engineered & mixed by Jim Mooney
Mastering: Joe Sidore

Liner notes: Herb Geller, Dick Bank
Photography: Frances Geller, David Redfern, Lennart Wallnor
Design: Rafa Ros

Producer: Dick Bank
Producer for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Press reviews

"Altoist Herb Geller put together a musical play based on his life, and this CD is the result. Geller, who throughout the 1990s was at the peak of his playing powers, takes many fine solos on his originals and is assisted by pianist Tom Ranier, bassist John Leitham and drummer Paul Kriebich. He is joined by singers Lothar Atwell, Mike Campbell, Stephanie Haynes (who plays Lorraine Geller) and Polly Podewell, plus DJ Chuck Niles and Rich Crystal (who depicts Lenny Bruce doing a routine). Some of the individual pieces are overly talky, and the chronology is sometimes a little confusing, but this generally intriguing set has its strong moments. Particularly memorable are "Stand-Up Comic" and "Celebrating Bird."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide


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