Geller Plays Strayhorn

At 82, Herb Geller is still living in Germany, still touring in Europe, with occasional—too rare—visits to his US homeland. Here he is last February in Aberdeen, Scotland, at a club called the Blue Lamp. His rhythm section is pianist Paul Kirby, bassist Martin Zenker and drummer Rick Hollander. They play Billy Strayhorn’s “Johnny Come Lately.”

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  1. says

    Living by the North Sea shore keeps the mind active, as we can hear here. I think I’m gonna move from the Rhine to Hamburg. Up the lazy river, so to speak 😉 — Thanks, Doug, for posting this rare gem.

    The same as with Kenny Dorham: When we’re talking about legendary (white) modern alto players, the most mentioned would be Art Pepper, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, and Charlie Mariano. What about Hal McKusick, Frank Strozier, Gene Quill, or the young “old” man above, Herb Geller?