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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Herb Alpert had never really embraced his inner jazzman over the course of an entire album before; the closest he came was 1992's Midnight Sun, ultimately a highly controlled cocoon of a recording. But this, at long last, is it, and it represents a string of firsts for the protean trumpeter -- his first truly straight-ahead jazz project, his first all-new album of any kind in ten years, his first complete album with his wife, singer Lani Hall (who gets co-billing), and his first released by a label which he did not co-own. The concept grew out of a series of live dates that he and Hall played in various cities, from which these tracks were assembled. Despite some ...
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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Herb Alpert had never really embraced his inner jazzman over the course of an entire album before; the closest he came was 1992's Midnight Sun, ultimately a highly controlled cocoon of a recording. But this, at long last, is it, and it represents a string of firsts for the protean trumpeter -- his first truly straight-ahead jazz project, his first all-new album of any kind in ten years, his first complete album with his wife, singer Lani Hall (who gets co-billing), and his first released by a label which he did not co-own. The concept grew out of a series of live dates that he and Hall played in various cities, from which these tracks were assembled. Despite some apparent lightly applied overdubs, it remains an intimate small group album of mostly standards, the kind of thing one might run across at Vibrato -- Alpert's jazz club in the hills above Los Angeles. Hall appears in tandem with Alpert on nine of the 14 tracks -- with Alpert taking five for himself -- which guarantees an additional unique layer of intimacy as Alpert wraps his pithy horn lovingly around Hall's voice. Hall has kept her Portuguese in gear, doing well by Ivan Lins' "Dinorah, Dinorah" and the rapid-fire syllables of "Para-Raio." She adopts a dark, dusky tone on "That Old Black Magic," and for "Let's Face the Music And Dance," she takes on an air of desperation, focusing on the words, "there may be trouble ahead." Still in good shape in his seventies, Alpert retains the marcato bravado of the Tijuana Brass days and the more recent, terse, moody, muted tones of a Miles acolyte; in "It's Only a Paper Moon," these two personas go mano a mano rather humorously. "The Trolley Song," done at an unusually lazy, loping pace by the Tijuana Brass more than four decades before, is taken at a more traditionally quick, Latin-accented tempo here, and this is the third time around for "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face" -- now a casual vocal showcase for Alpert with a witty coda that sneaks in a horn lick from "This Guy's in Love with You." The adept backup trio of Bill Cantos on keyboards -- who comes up with a few nifty quotes himself -- Hussain Jiffry on electric bass, and Michael Shapiro on drums and Latin percussion goes down agreeably. This is a classy, welcome return to album-making for Alpert, and a good fit for Concord's adult-oriented roster.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072314412
  • Catalog Number: 31441
  • Sales rank: 14,645

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fascinating Rhythm - Lani Hall (4:14)
  2. 2 Pararaio - Lani Hall (5:47)
  3. 3 The Trolley Song - Lani Hall (3:48)
  4. 4 That Old Black Magic - Lani Hall (4:43)
  5. 5 Dinorah/Morning - Lani Hall (6:29)
  6. 6 It's Only a Paper Moon - Lani Hall (1:57)
  7. 7 Let's Face the Music and Dance - Lani Hall (5:15)
  8. 8 Morning Coffee - Lani Hall (3:25)
  9. 9 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face - Lani Hall (3:50)
  10. 10 Who Are You? - Lani Hall (4:31)
  11. 11 Besame Mucho - Lani Hall (4:44)
  12. 12 Anything Goes - Lani Hall (3:35)
  13. 13 I've Got You Under My Skin - Lani Hall (4:26)
  14. 14 Laura - Lani Hall (5:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herb Alpert Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Lani Hall Vocals
Bill Cantos Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Hussain Jiffry Electric Bass
Michael Shapiro Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Djavan Composer
Ivan Lins Composer
Herb Alpert Arranger, Producer, Paintings, Audio Production
Harold Arlen Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Lani Hall Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Harrison Engineer
Bill Cantos Arranger, Composer
Hal David Composer
Clare Fischer Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Hussain Jiffry Arranger
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Vitor Martins Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
David Raksin Composer
David Raskin Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Michael Shapiro Arranger
Frederick Loewe Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Gerry Wersh Cover Photo
Consuelo Velázquez Composer
Alan Lerner Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Mike Harrison Engineer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    highly recommended

    this cd is just fabulous and if you were or are a fan also of Sergio Mendes & Brazil 66, you will love this CD. Lani Hall still has that magical voice ......so smooth like silk. But don't expect Herb Alpert (her husband of 36yrs.) to play his Tijuana Brass style.....no no...not in this wonderful CD. I recently read that there will also be a new album for these two very talented and timeless artists.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best

    If this album doesn't win a Grammy, I'll be shocked. This is one of the best jazz albums to come along in the last 10 years.

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