Some of the earliest genius of alto saxophonist Herb Geller – one of our favorite players of the mid 50s LA scene, heard here on some key sessions cut with his pianist wife Lorraine! The bulk of the set comes from 3 classic albums for Mercury – Herb Geller Plays, Herb Geller Sextette, and The Gellers – plus a bit more from the rare Imperial EP Sensational Saxophone Of Herb Geller – all tremendous records that strongly showcase Geller's amazingly dexterous approach to the alto sax – in a style that has some of the sharpness and modernist elements of Lee Konitz from the same time, but which also comes across with the deeper sense of soul that you might find in work by Charlie Mariano or Art Pepper. Lorraine's work on piano is great too – fast, fluid, and often quite boppish – not at all what you might expect from the cooler LA scene of the 50s. Other players here include Curtis Counce or Red Mitchell on bass, Lawrence Marable or Mel Lewis on drums, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Ziggy Vines on tenor sax. 2CD set features 37 tracks in all – all completely sublime – with titles that include "It's Swell Of You", "Mad About The Boy
", "A Room With A View", "Happy Go Lucky", "Breaking Through The Sound Barrier", "Silver Rain", "Patterns", "Arapahoe", "Love", "Two Of A Kind", "Outpost Incident", "Tardi At Zardi's", "Vone Mae", and "Owl Eyes".
(Out of print.)