I’m still on vacation, but I took time to check out Steve Cerra’s Jazz Profiles blog. Today, Steve republishes Gene Lees’ 2005 JazzLetter piece on the late alto saxophonist Herb Geller. It includes Geller’s reminiscences about the young Stan Getz, one of his early mentors, and about his lifelong admiration for Benny Carter. To read it, go here.
Here is Geller in 1992 at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France with Oliver Jones, piano; Pierre Boussfaguet, bass; and Alvin Queen, drums. The tune is “Birdland Stomp.”
Happy Easter. Rifftides will be back soon.