Other than four titles from a year before, this LP contains altoist Herb Geller‘s first recordings as a leader. Cut during a period when Herb was based in Los Angeles and regularly working with his wife, the talented but short-lived pianist Lorraine Geller, the music also has either Curtis Counce or Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Lawrence Marable or Eldridge Freeman on drums. Herb Geller was already in his early prime and contributed six originals. The band also performs one of Lorraine’s tunes, plus five standards, all in swinging and boppish style. This LP (which has not been reissued lately) is well worth searching for (AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow, https://goo.gl/jBvdwn).
00:00 A1 Love Is Like A Turtle (Herb Geller)
03:01 A2 Sweet Vinegar (Herb Geller)
08:60 A3 Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson)
11:48 A4 Silver Rain (Herb Geller)
14:44 A5 Alone Together (Dietz-Schwartz)
21:34 A6 Happy Go Lucky (Loesser, McHugh)
24:31 B1 Days I Never Knew (Lorraine Geller)
27:55 B2 Domestic Harmony (Herb Geller)
31:27 B3 Breaking Through The Sound Barrier (Herb Geller)
34:52 B4 Kahagon (Herb Geller)
37:40 B5 You Stepped Out Of A Dream (Conn, Nacio Herb Brown)
41:03 B6 A Room With A View (Coward)
Tracks A1-A2 and B1-B2 recorded August 24, 1955.
Tracks A3-A5 and B6 recorded August 9, 1954.
Tracks A6 and B3-B5 recorded August 6, 1954.
Herb Geller – alto saxophone
Curtis Counce (tracks: A3 to A6, B3 to B6) – bass
Leroy Vinnegar (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B2) – bass
Eldridge Freeman (tracks: A1, A2, B1, B2) – drums
Lawrence Marable (tracks: A3 to A6, B3 to B6) – drums
Lorraine Geller – piano
Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono