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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke

Beautiful Dancer
GC Records GC001

  1. Will You Still Be Mine
  2. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
  3. I Would Do Anything
  4. Why Try To Change Me Now
  5. The Summer Wind
  6. Lullaby in Rhythm
  7. Beautiful Dancer
  8. Bobby Darin Medley

  9. Beyond the Sea
    Artificial Flowers
    Mack the Knife
  10. I’m Glad There is You
  11. Headin’ for the Hills
  12. Fly Me to the Moon
    Come Fly with Me


Gerard Carelli – Trombone & Vocals
Piano - Richie Lacona
Bass - Bill Conway
Drums – Tony Tedesco
Guitar – Ron Affif
Tenor & Clarinet – Bill Overton
Violin – Carol Pool, Mitchell Stern
& Katherine L Volsi-Stern

Lucky To Be Me
GC Records GC002

  1. Old Devil Moon
  2. They Say it’s Wonderful
  3. New York, New York
  4. It Never Entered My Mind
  5. The Surrey With the Fringe on Top
  6. Lucky To Be Me
  7. Well Worth Waiting For
  8. So In Love
  9. Always
  10. I’ve Got the World On a String
  11. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
  12. Once in Love with Amy
  13. Leader of a Big Time Band
  14. Some Other Time


When you hear these two albums, you will say as I did "Why haven’t I heard this guy before". Gerard Carelli is not some young upstart; he is the complete article and worthy of star billing anywhere. He is an alumnus of the North Texas University 1:00 Big Band. He honed his trombone playing in Ray Charles’s Band for more than a year before moving to New York and working in Orchestras for Broadway Shows and playing other session work. He also worked in touring bands with Rosemary Clooney, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis and Mel Torme, before launching his own singing career. As a Trombone player Gerard would hold his own in any company, his playing has shades of Teagarden and Dorsey as well as J J Johnson and Frank Rosolino. The tone is superb and the improvisational ideas a joy to listen to.

As a singer Gerard has obviously learned from working with and listening to the best, there is something of Sinatra’s timing, Torme’s accuracy of pitching and many other influences. The result however is a unique style of his own, easily identifiable and he is surely destined to be as famous as Harry Connick JR, or any of the more recent entries to the singer/interpreters of the great American songbook.

The two albums were made with a gap of seven years, the earlier in 1994 and the Lucky To Be Me album this year. Both are excellent, but the new album shows that Gerard is still developing both as a trombone player and a singer. This gives me the feeling that like the true ‘greats’ he will continue to develop throughout his career.

Each album includes a Carelli original and both stand up well in such august company. The trombone playing on Surrey is very exciting, as are the splendid trumpet improvisations of Rande Sandke.

In everything that he does Gerard Carelli delivers a feeling of great warmth and sincerity, not only to the listener, but also to the material he is performing.

I hope we are fortunate enough to have a UK tour soon, I will be the first to buy tickets!

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Don Mather








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