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by Herb Alpert
     
 

It would be easy for the former Tijuana Brassman and founder of A&M to just rest on his career achievements or just make music to pass the time, but instead, the 60-something trumpeter rings in with one of the year's most remarkable jams. Alpert's recent output has ranged from the heart of smooth jazz (Second Wind, produced by …  See more details below

Overview

It would be easy for the former Tijuana Brassman and founder of A&M to just rest on his career achievements or just make music to pass the time, but instead, the 60-something trumpeter rings in with one of the year's most remarkable jams. Alpert's recent output has ranged from the heart of smooth jazz (Second Wind, produced by Jeff Lorber) to fiery Latin (Passion Dance), but here the muse takes him to the mystical world of studio-bred trip-hop. Working with multi-instrumentalists and producers Will Calhoun and Doug Wimbush, Alpert surrounds his muted trumpet with hypnotic vibes and ambiences -- some of which seem to drift into the sonic atmospheres, others bred from thick machine generated exotic percussion textures percolating over throbbing urban bass grooves. While ethereal experimentation with tons of cool studio equipment and sonic possibilities seems to be the general philosophy, he hasn't forgotten his Latin roots. The opening track, "Libertango," features a lighthearted horn melody drifting over a throbbing urban bass groove, percussion clicks, and the galloping flamenco flavors of Wimbish's acoustic guitar, all wrapped up in a dramatic synth orchestral sweep. "Dorita" centers Bernard Fowler's Spanish vocals amidst a wacky swirl of pitter patter and marching percussion, spacey sound effects, exotic soundscaping, moody retro keyboards, and Alpert's catchy, laid-back melody. Bridging past and present, Alpert approaches Burt Bachrach's "The Look of Love" as if it were a Miles Davis/Brian Eno collaboration, his smoky horn enhanced by his wife Lani Hall's breathy vocals. He also covers himself with a new hip-hop shuffle arrangement of his popular early-'80s gem, "Magic Man." Older and wiser than either Rick Braun or Chris Botti, Alpert gives the genre's two top horn guns a powerful run for their smooth jazz money.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1999
Label:
Almo Sounds
UPC:
0705178002527
catalogNumber:
80025

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Organ,Keyboards
Lani Hall   Vocals,Sampling
Eduardo del Barrio   Sampling,Synthesizer Strings
Will Calhoun   Percussion,Vocals,Snare Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Bernard Fowler   Vocals
Jorge "Coco" Trivisonno   Bandoneon
Doug Wimbish   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Trumpet,Noise,Ambience
Heitor Peretor   Guitar
Gregory Smith   Keyboards
George Del Barrio   Conductor

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Cover Art
Will Calhoun   Arranger,Producer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Alan Meyerson   Engineer
Danny Saber   Programming,Producer
Mick Stern   Engineer
Doug Wimbish   Arranger,Producer
Leon Ware   Composer
Gregory Smith   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Arthur Ross   Composer
Sheryl Lorence   Personal Assistant
George Del Barrio   Arranger

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