Bill Evans Trio With Herb Geller, 1972

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Herb Geller moved to Germany in 1962, a few years after his wife, pianist Lorraine Geller died suddenly of heart failure at age 30. Her passing was a terrible blow. Ten years later, the Bill Evans Trio was on tour in Hamburg. The afternoon of February 12 before they were to perform in concert together that evening, Evans and his trio and Herb Geller gathered in a studio to rehearse. Evans was joined by Eddie Gomez on bass and Marty Morell on drums. Herb played C flute, piccolo and alto saxophone. What's fascinating about the rehearsal is that their discussions were clipped and will seem to be in a foreign language to the non-musician. It's almost like listening to the lingo among chefs in a restaurant kitchen or at an Indy 500 garage.

Here's 25 minutes of the rehearsal captured on tape. To access the video below, just click on the link in the black box that says "Watch on YouTube"...

Source: jazzwax.com

Bill Evans Trio With Herb Geller, 1972