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    Herb Alpert

    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Reviewed for Coffeerooms by <strong>Mike Jefferson This isn’t your daddy’s Herb Alpert. “Rise” is high flying jazz/funk from a trumpeter previously known as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, an instrumental group in the 60s that scored with mariachi based versions of “A Taste of Honey,” “The Lonely Bull,” and “The Mexican Shuffle,” (an early example of a song used in a commercial. Retitled “The Teaburry Shuffle” it was used in an ad for gum). Alpert was one of those musicians who always seemed to have one of his 45s in the top ten, yet one of his albums, “Whipped Cream and Other Delights” was better known for its provocative cover than the music that was inside. The group’s only #1 hit, “This Guy’s In Love With You,” was a departure, featuring a suave vocal by Herb himself. The band broke up a year later, reforming periodically to rake in the nostalgia cash. Alpert branched out, taking on the roles of producer and talent scout for A & M records. He discovered acts such as Chris Montez (“Call Me,” “The More I See You.”) Sergio Mendes and Brazil ’66 (featuring his future wife, Lani Hall), The We Five (“You Were On My Mind”) and The Carpenters (listen to “Close To You” and you’ll hear Alpert’s trademark trumpet). Alpert continued to make solo recordings, most notably, 1979s Grammy award-winning album “Rise.” “Rise” has been resurrected and remastered with a sound so clear you’d swear Herb was puckering up only a few feet away from your speakers.
    “Rise” arose when Alpert and his nephew, Randy “Badazz” Alpert, set about the task of re-recording “The Lonely Bull” and “A Taste of Honey” as dance tracks. Herb wisely pulled the plug on the project after listening to the desecrated disco versions, but thought his nephew’s composition, “Rise,” might work if the tempo was slowed down. It did, reaching #1 and making Alpert the only artist to have a chart topping vocal and instrumental hit. The single’s success spawned an equally successful album.
    “1980” sounds like the intro to a Super Bowl documentary or a Roman Gladiator death match -- mariachi meets “Spartacus.” (It was in fact, written for the 1960 Olympics held in Mexico City.)With reverbed trumpet and gurgling keyboard, the emphatic nature of the song serves notice that the Alpert sound was up to date and in step with the in-your-face 80s.


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    Oh, this is a very cool feature.

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    Smile Thanks MTJ!

    Thanks so much for your feedback on this MTJ. Really glad to know you like it. (Whew! )


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