I Feel You

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist and wife Lani Hall teamed as a duo for the critically acclaimed live recording Anything Goes in 2009. I Feel You is the studio follow-up to that fine recording, and the contrasts between the two are marked. While the former album reflected new takes on the jazz canon, this one delves into rock, pop, jazz, and Brazilian tunes and interprets them with a contemporary international feel, without leaving jazz behind. Backed by their touring group -- pianist/keyboardist Bill Cantos, drummer/percussionist Michael Shapiro, and bassist Hussain Jiffry -- Alpert and Hall commence with a reading of Van Morrison's "Moondance" that is as influenced by ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist and wife Lani Hall teamed as a duo for the critically acclaimed live recording Anything Goes in 2009. I Feel You is the studio follow-up to that fine recording, and the contrasts between the two are marked. While the former album reflected new takes on the jazz canon, this one delves into rock, pop, jazz, and Brazilian tunes and interprets them with a contemporary international feel, without leaving jazz behind. Backed by their touring group -- pianist/keyboardist Bill Cantos, drummer/percussionist Michael Shapiro, and bassist Hussain Jiffry -- Alpert and Hall commence with a reading of Van Morrison's "Moondance" that is as influenced by Arabic modalism as it is the nocturnal bop-noir inherent in its melody. Led by a fretless bassline and shakers, Alpert runs through the lyric on muted trumpet. The pair begins singing together, over a minute in as the piano enters the fray and shakers are complemented by hand drums. "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is a showcase for Hall's trademark phrasing and Alpert's jazz-wise improvisation on a Caribbean-based rhythm. It's languid, lovely, and, in its gentle way, it pops thanks to the rhythm section. Other highlights here include the Brazilian-flavored tunes: "There Will Never Be Another You" (even with Alpert's reedy vocals), "Berimbau," "The Corner (Clube' de Esquina)," and "Viola." Hall's vocals -- which are still in top form -- and Alpert's playing complement one another symbiotically (especially on the latter tune). The reading of "Here Comes the Sun" is radical. It's double-timed by Shapiro's snare and painted by Cantos' Rhodes piano with an alternate melody played by Jiffry's electric bass while Alpert and Hall hold down the original melody (trumpet and vocal) in the quiet storm. Likewise, "Blackbird" is performed as a funky modern jazz number with smooth samba overtones. The African drumming on "What Now My Love," with Alpert's clipped (and slightly reverbed) phrasing on the melody transforms the tune. The reading of "Call Me" (which he produced for Chris Montez in 1965) is reinvented here as a lithe, syncopated romantic groover. Less successful is "Fever," because its center isn't in the vocal or trumpet but in the rhythm section's interplay. That quibble aside, I Feel You is an excellent contemporary jazz recording by a veteran duo whose intuition is nearly flawless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072327573
  • Catalog Number: 32757
  • Sales rank: 35,343

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lani Hall Primary Artist, Vocals
Herb Alpert Trumpet, Vocals
Bill Cantos Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings
Hussain Jiffry Bass, Background Vocals, Fretless Bass Guitar, Electric Upright Bass
Michael Shapiro Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Kalimba
Technical Credits
Edú Lobo Composer, Lyricist
Milton Nascimento Composer, Lyricist
Herb Alpert Arranger, Producer
George Harrison Composer, Lyricist
John Lennon Composer, Lyricist
Paul McCartney Composer, Lyricist
Vinícius de Moraes Composer, Lyricist
Vince Guaraldi Composer, Lyricist
Gilbert Bécaud Composer, Lyricist
Lani Hall Arranger, Producer
Mike Harrison Engineer
Billy Barnes Composer, Lyricist
Bill Cantos Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Pierre Delanoé Composer, Lyricist
Mack Gordon Composer, Lyricist
Tony Hatch Composer, Lyricist
Hussain Jiffry Arranger, Producer
Van Morrison Composer, Lyricist
Doug Sax Mastering
Michael Shapiro Arranger, Producer
Carl Sigman Composer, Lyricist
Harry Warren Composer, Lyricist
Meredith Willson Composer, Lyricist
John Davenport Composer, Lyricist
Lô Borges Composer, Lyricist
Márcio Borges Composer, Lyricist
Robert Hadley Mastering
David Kemp Producer
Lani Hall Alpert Liner Notes
Carel Werber Composer, Lyricist
Jose Carlos Capinan Composer, Lyricist
Eddie J. Cooley Composer, Lyricist
Benjamin McAllister Artwork
Baden Powell De Aquino Composer, Lyricist
Andreas Neumann Art Direction
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