While he has been bestowed endless awards--nine Grammys, a presidential Medal of the Arts, enshrined in the Rock Hall of Fame--and has sold over 72 million records, Herb Alpert is a trumpet player at heart and an artist in his soul. What emanates from that trumpet and its player's mind is pure creative expression. And, in addition to the love of his life, the incredibly talented vocalist/author Lani Hall, Herb Alpert is deeply enamored with melody and with the Muse ...read more
Herb Alpert-Lani Hall Quintet Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, Arizona March 17, 2014 Trumpeter-vocalist Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall performed a lively and captivating concert that linked their past triumphs to their newest collaborations. The uber-professionalism of this concert conveyed the ambience of a New York City cabaret show, an informal and relaxing mode that brimmed with rich talent. The California couple wove their vast catalog of standards, pop hits and Brazilian songs ...read more
It was no less than Miles Davis who once opined, You don't have to hear but three notes before you know it's Herb Alpert." True enough, while Alpert's name isn't often mentioned in the same sentence as the other icons of West Coast jazz (many of whom appeared on records produced by his and Jerry Moss' A&M label), his trumpet has one of the most recognizable and iconic voices in postwar instrumental performance. While Latin rhythms had already gotten their ...read more
Though trumpet legend Herb Alpert and wife Lani Hall have been together for more than three decades, it's hard to believe that Anything Goes is their very first album together. A musician and entrepreneur, Alpert is best known for his work in the 1960s with his Tijuana Brass, five number one hits, eight Grammy Awards and fifteen gold albums. As co-founder of A&M Records, Alpert's impact on music has been even greater. After signing Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 to ...read more
There is a very unique characteristic that permeates this CD from beat one throughout its entirety. And, given that this effort was recorded across a series of live performances, it makes trumpeter/vocalist Herb Alpert and vocalist Lani Hall's Anything Goes all the more special. That characteristic is intimate, and the result of that intimacy is joyous listening. While this is their first combined CD, Hall and Alpert are certainly no strangers--they have been married since 1973. Their ...read more
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream and Other Delights Shout! Factory 2005
One time in high school I flipped through my parents' records hoping that they might have purchased some Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd albums without my knowledge. No such luck, but tucked in between Barbara Streisand and John Denver was a copy of Whipped Cream and Other Delights. This must be great. Look at the cover! I thought ...read more
Shout! Factory has just released three excellent reissues of Herb Alpert and His Tijuana Brass Band. This record company truly understands what it takes to successfully re-release an album: remaster the sound without removing the original charm, add new insight (essays and in this case recollections from Alpert) and stay true to the original artwork. Instead of adding extra recordings to each of the Alpert reissues, Shout! Factory compiled them on one master entitled Lost Treasures. The first two albums ...read more
How self-serving can one musical genius be to have a label he co-founded release a collection of his best-loved songs?
But this is not just any self-serving genius. This is the guy who brought the world Dolores Ericson covered in shaving foam. This is the self-serving genius who scored the best James Bond film that wasn’t really a James Bond film ever. This is the self-serving genius who set the music to elevators and waiting rooms around the world.
This ...read more