European Rebirth ·1962 Paris Sessions
  • Henri Renaud
    Henri Renaud
  • Herb Geller
    Herb Geller

Herb Geller

European Rebirth ·1962 Paris Sessions

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Herb Geller (as), Sonny Grey, Bernard Vitet (tp), François Jeanneau (ts), Jack Dieval, René Urtreger, Henri Renaud, Kenny Drew, Renato Sellani (p), Dany Doriz (vib), Jacques Hess, Michel Gaudry, Pierre Michelot, Rajko Milosavljevic (b), Franco Manzecchi, Teddy Martin, Larry Ritchie, Jimmy Pratt (d)

Reference: FSRCD1117

Bar code: 8427328611176

Los Angeles native Herb Geller (1928-2017) was an accomplished and respected alto saxophonist who started his professional career in the late 1940s, influenced by Charlie Parker. He recorded with such leaders as Earle Spencer, Claude Thornhill, Stan Kenton, Billy May, Shorty Rogers, Bill Holman, Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Marty Paich and the whole West Coast clique.

In 1958 his life turned upside down. While on tour with Benny Goodman, he got news that his young wife, pianist Lorraine Geller had died. They had been married and performing together for seven years, and had high hopes for their future jazz careers. Her unexpected death hit Geller hard, and he dug in to forget. He went on two more tours with Benny Goodman, the last of them to South America under the aegis of the U.S. State Department, and upon his return he played many gigs on the West Coast. But sadness lingered.

Finally, Geller decided to find himself, and like Dexter Gordon, Kenny Clarke and a host of other jazz musicians who embraced the expatriate life —he moved to Europe in March 1962. “I wanted to see new things and get away fromit all,” he said. Things started to look up for the 34-years old altoist. He played clubs and concert halls all over Europe— in Paris, East Berlin, Geneva, Monte Carlo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Rome. “I’m having a ball,” he said. “It’s much more fun than in the States. And I’ve played with some great musicians.”

During the spring and part of the summer of 1962, Herb was residing in Paris, where he performed in concert with groups led by the pianist Henri Renaud. Together, they also recorded music for commercials and short films. He also did radio work with All Star groups organized by fellow pianist Jack Dieval. The excellent recordings compiled here come from this period, and in them we can hear the altoist in his best form. The first examples of Herb Geller’s rebirth, playing with some of the best jazzmen on the French and European scene.

—Jordi Pujol

Tracklist

01. Crazeology (Charlie Parker) 5:45
02. Brake’s Sake (Gigi Gryce) 5:44
03. C.T.A. (Jimmy Heath) 5:50
04. Foolin’ Myself (Lawrence-Tinturin) 4:12
05. I Didn’t Know About You (Duke Ellington) 3:40
06. It’s You or No One (Styne-Cahn) 6:54
07. I Should Care (Stordahl-Weston-Cahn) 3:26
08. Moanin’ (Bobby Timmons) 5:10
09. Tabou (Ernesto Lecuona) 5:09
10. There’s No Greater Love (Jones-Symes) 4:36
11. While the Cigarette was Burning (Charles & Nick Kenny) 3:51
12. Tominique C (Henri Renaud) 2:36
13. Greta, No.1 (Henri Renaud) 2:57
14. Solo for Gaby (Henri Renaud) 2:21
15. Oscar is Happy (Henri Renaud) 2:59
16. Blue ‘n’ Boogie (Gillespie-Paparelli) 2:57 *
17. A Cool Day (Bled & Butter) (Herb Geller) 5:36 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Tracks

Personnel:

Tracks #1-2: Sonny Grey, trumpet; Herb Geller, alto sax; Jack Dieval, René Urtreger (#2), piano; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” radio show, July 11, May 19, 1962

Track #3: Bernard Vitet, trumpet; Herb Geller, alto sax; François Jeanneau, tenor sax; Jack Dieval, piano; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” radio show, May 7, 1962

Tracks #4-5: Herb Geller, alto sax; Jack Dieval, piano; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” radio show, July 2, 1962

Track #6: Bernard Vitet, trumpet; Herb Geller, alto sax; François Jeanneau, tenor sax; Jack Dieval, piano; Dany Doriz, vibes; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” radio show, May 1, 1962

Track #7: Herb Geller, alto sax; Jack Dieval, piano; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” radio show, May 1, 1962

Tracks #8-9: Sonny Grey, trumpet; Herb Geller, alto sax, Jack Dieval, piano; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” radio show, July 2, 1962

Tracks #10-11: Herb Geller, alto sax; Jack Dieval, piano; Jacques Hess, bass; Franco Manzecchi, drums.
Paris, RTF Studio, for the “Jazz aux Champs Elysées” Radio show, April 1, May 19, 1962

Tracks #12-14: Herb Geller, alto sax; Henri Renaud, piano; Michel Gaudry, bass; Teddy Martin, drums.
Recorded in Paris, spring 1962

Track #15: Herb Geller, alto sax; Henri Renaud, piano; unknown bass and drums.
Recorded in Paris, spring-summer 1962

Track #16: Herb Geller, alto sax; Kenny Drew, piano; Pierre Michelot, bass; Larry Ritchie, drums.
Recorded live at San Remo Jazz Festival, Italy, March 24, 1962

Track #17: Herb Geller, alto sax; Renato Sellani, piano; Rajko Milosavljevic, bass; Jimmy Pratt, drums.
Recorded live at Bled 1962, III Yugoslavia Jazz Festival, June 9, 1962

Liner notes by Jordi Pujol
Compiled an produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
© 2022 by Fresh Sound Records

Hi Fi · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.
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Dedicated to thememory of Herb Geller (1928-2013)
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