CD At the Movies [Herb Geller] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1150902),
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At the Movies [Herb Geller] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Close Enough For Love From 'Agatha'
    2. Taxi Driver / Marnie
    3. Troubled Waters From Belle of the Nineties
    4. Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead From 'Wizard of Oz'
    5. I Wish I Knew From 'Diamond Horseshoe'
    6. Pawnbroker Theme
    7. Emily From 'The Americanization of Emily'
    8. Call Me Irresponsible From 'Papa's Delicate Condition'
    9. Invitation From 'Life of Her Own'
    10. Laura
    11. Odd Couple, The
    12. Never Let Me Go From 'Scarlet Hour'
    13. Bad and the Beautiful, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HEPCD-2092

  • Credits

    Personnel: Herb Geller (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Martien Oster (guitar); Martin Wind (double bass, bass guitar); Hans Braber (drums).
    Additional personnel: Don Friedman (piano).
    Veteran altoist Herb Geller, who doubles on soprano, performs 13 songs that originated in Hollywood films on this CD. The underrated "Call Me Irresponsible" is taken as a duet with bassist Martin Wind while Geller duets with pianist Don Friedman on David Raskin's always-magnificent "The Bad and the Beautiful." The tunes feature the saxophonist with either a three- or four-piece rhythm section. Geller, who seems to have found the Fountain of Youth in Europe, sounds quite ageless, playing with power, creativity, and joy. In addition to a few standards, such pieces as "Troubled Waters," "Pawnbroker Theme," and a medley of "Taxi Driver" and "Marnie" are effectively revived. Respect is paid to each of the melodies before Geller and Friedman play melodic solos that derive logically from the themes. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.112) - "The most swinging track in the set comes from THE WIZARD OF OZ, 'Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead'....Pianist Don Friedman contributes an excellent solo and Gellar's alto sounds more hard-edged than usual..."
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