Last available as a Trip LP in the 1980s, this is an excellent bop set with heated playing from altoist Herb Geller and trumpeter Conte Candoli. The Zoot Sims-inspired tenorman Ziggy Vines (whose only other recording was during Clifford Brown's final gig) holds his own, and the rhythm section (pianist Lorraine Geller, either Red Mitchell or Leroy Vinnegar on bass and drummer Lawrence Marable) is perfect for the time period. The music, a mixture of standards (including "Crazy He Calls Me" and "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To") and Geller originals, swings hard and contains plenty of exciting solos. Hopefully, Polygram will eventually get around to reissuing their three valuable Herb Geller sets.
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