Steppin' Out

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Trumpeter and pop music icon Herb Alpert and his wife, former Brasil '66 vocalist Lani Hall, have recorded and performed together a few times since meeting over 43 years ago. However, it wasn't until 2007 that the duo began touring and performing regularly. In 2009, they released the album Anything Goes, which found them interpreting standards and Brazilian music. They followed that album up with 2011's I Feel You, which continued in the jazz, Brazilian, and Latin music vein, adding in more contemporary pop songs. Alpert and Hall's 2013 release, Steppin' Out, also features a warm collection of songs that hit upon all the stylistic touchstones of their careers, from '60s ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Trumpeter and pop music icon Herb Alpert and his wife, former Brasil '66 vocalist Lani Hall, have recorded and performed together a few times since meeting over 43 years ago. However, it wasn't until 2007 that the duo began touring and performing regularly. In 2009, they released the album Anything Goes, which found them interpreting standards and Brazilian music. They followed that album up with 2011's I Feel You, which continued in the jazz, Brazilian, and Latin music vein, adding in more contemporary pop songs. Alpert and Hall's 2013 release, Steppin' Out, also features a warm collection of songs that hit upon all the stylistic touchstones of their careers, from '60s novelty instrumentals to Latin music, Brazilian bossa nova, smooth jazz, and American popular song standards. Once again joining Alpert and Hall here is their touring ensemble featuring pianist/keyboardist Bill Cantos, drummer/percussionist Michael Shapiro, and bassist Hussain Jiffry. Steppin' Out also reunites Alpert with keyboardist Jeff Lorber, who appeared on Alpert's 1997 album, Passion Dance, and who produced his 1996 album, Second Wind. Generally speaking, Steppin' Out is the most stylistically varied of the three Alpert/Hall albums, moving from an electronic/dance reworking of "Puttin' on the Ritz" to the atmospheric orchestral ballad "I Only Have Eyes for You," Hall's poignant interpretation of Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do?," a dramatic symphonic take on Astor Piazzolla's 1982 nuevo tango masterpiece "Oblivion," and the smooth funk of the Alpert/Lorber original "Migration." The album even ends with Alpert revisiting his 1963 Tijuana Brass breakthrough hit "The Lonely Bull," this time with additional orchestral and electronic flourishes that sound less '60s lounge pad and more contemporary James Bond action movie theme, accented by Alpert's Miles Davis-influenced soloing. Ultimately, Steppin' Out represents not just the third album in a trilogy, but a loving creative partnership that, for Alpert and Hall, spans a lifetime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663146059
  • Catalog Number: 14605
  • Sales rank: 3,468

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Puttin' On the Ritz (3:02)
  2. 2 Jacky's Place (4:14)
  3. 3 Our Song (5:03)
  4. 4 Green Lemonade (4:04)
  5. 5 I Only Have Eyes For You (3:29)
  6. 6 Good Morning Mr. Sunshine (4:01)
  7. 7 Oblivion (4:26)
  8. 8 What'll I Do? (3:31)
  9. 9 Côte D'azur (4:03)
  10. 10 La Vie En Rose (2:42)
  11. 11 It's All In the Game (3:18)
  12. 12 Europa (4:44)
  13. 13 And The Angels Sing (3:07)
  14. 14 Skylark (4:34)
  15. 15 Migration (3:51)
  16. 16 The Lonely Bull (4:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Herb Alpert Primary Artist, Indexed Contributor, Trumpet
Jeff Lorber Guitar, Keyboards
Lani Hall Vocals
Eduardo del Barrio Keyboards
Bill Cantos Keyboards
Nick Glennie-Smith Conductor
Hussain Jiffry Bass
Michael Shapiro Percussion, Drums
Ramon Stagnaro Acoustic Guitar
Coco Triuisonno Bandoneon
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Herb Alpert Composer, Producer, Cover Art
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Tom Coster Composer
Art Pepper Composer
Ziggy Elman Composer
Jeff Lorber Composer, Producer
Edith Piaf Composer
Lani Hall Producer
Eduardo del Barrio Arranger, Orchestration
Bill Cantos Arranger, Lyricist, Orchestration
Al Dubin Composer
Hussain Jiffry Engineer
Sol Lake Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Carlos Santana Composer
Alan Myerson Engineer
Mari Falcone Arranger, Orchestration
Charles Dawes Composer
Luis Guglielmi Composer
Rubén Fuentes Gasson Composer
Randy "Badazz" Alpert Producer
Iggy Elizabesky Engineer
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