It is in Europe that Magris met up with Geller and became his rhythm section in the late period before Geller's death. An Evening with Herb Geller & the Roberto Magris Trio: Live in Europe 2009 is the result of some saved tapes and audio magic, displaying Geller in full possession of his facilities at 81-years old in 2009. Geller is captured closely, often revealing a dry, reedy tone that betrays the comfort of familiarity. A master of melody and the simple improvisation thereof, listening to Geller is like a relaxing walk down a path walked many times before.
Informative and razor sharp are Geller's comments between songs. He was not without opinions or his favorites, many that he paid tribute to here. Benny Carter's "Lonely Woman," Zoot Sims "Red Door" and Billy Strayhorn's "Orson" and "UMMG" are played emotively and with superb support from Magris and his crack trio. The pianist plays and leads beautifully, or more properly, allows Geller to do so.
After You; El Cajon; Lonely Woman; The Red Door; Orson; Upper
Manhattan Medical Group; Celebrating Bird; Special; If I Were a Bell;
The Peacocks; Pretty Woman.
Herb Geller: alto saxophone; Roberto Magris: piano; Nikola Matosic:
bass; Enzo Cartentieri: drums.