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Hollywood Portraits

  • 1. Carole Lombard
    2. Marlene Dietrich
    3. Rita Hayworth
    4. Ginger Rogers
    5. Audrey Hepburn
    6. Claudette Colbert
    7. Joan Crawford
    8. Mae West
    9. Judy Garland
    10. Bette Davis
    11. Judy Holliday
    12. Gloria Swanson
    13. Grace Kelly
    14. Elinor Powel
    15. Marilyn Monroe
    16. Ingrid Bergman
    17. Betty Grable
    18. Vivien Leigh
    19. Gretta Garbo
    20. Lana Turner
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2078

  • Credits
    ProducerAlastair Robertson
    EngineerDick Lewzey

    Personnel includes: Herb Geller (alto saxophone); Brian Kellock (piano).
    Personnel: Herb Geller (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Brian Kellock (piano).
    Recording information: CTS Studio, Wembley, London, England (10/05/1999).
    Arranger: Herb Geller.
    Herb Geller is one of the top alto saxophonists of the 1990s and early 21st century, even though he has not been that well-known in the United States since emigrating to Europe in the early '60s; he has been playing steadily overseas in the four decades since. This particular CD, a set of duets with pianist Brian Kellock, finds Geller performing 20 of his originals, all of which are named after vintage movie actresses. It may be an impossible task, but none of the songs really evoke its title, making the names a bit of a frivolity. Does "Grace Kelly" really sound more like that actress than the song "Mae West"? Despite that shortcoming, Geller (who plays soprano on five of the 20 numbers) plays quite well, although it is doubtful that any of the swinging but not overly memorable tunes will become standards in the future. ~ Scott Yanow

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