Album Remarks & Appraisals:
On September 9, legendary jazz musician Herb Alpert will re-release 24 classic albums from his illustrious catalog. The albums were remastered from the original analog tape mixes by Grammy-winning mastering engineer Bernie Grundman, who was the mastering engineer on many of the Tijuana Brass and Alpert albums. All releases, several of which have been out of print for a number of years (in Europe, some have not been available in over 30 years!), will be presented with their original artwork, making this collection must-have for the Herb Alpert fan!
Personnel: Herb Alpert (trumpet, keyboards, drum programming); Greg Smith (various instruments); Kenny McCloud (guitar, drum programming); Joe Rotondi (piano); Marc Jay Goodman (keyboards); Tony Sapp (bass); Kevin Ricard (percussion); Mike Schleshinger (synthesizer programming); Chris Boyd, Steve Smith, Jimmy B. (drum programming); Troy Staton (drum, bass & keyboard programming).
Herb Alpert's early successes revealed a man with a keen sense of popular music trends and melodies. The master of trumpet-pop has once again updated his sound, this time taking on the hip-hop rhythms and dance grooves of the 1990s.
There is a plethora of rhythmic devices, percussive beats, and synthesizers simulating traditional and exotic instruments as well as more industrial sounds. "The Last Dance" features a ticking clock tempo and subtle echoes of clanking pipes before exploding into a tossed salad of musical textures. "Passion Lady" benefits from the addition of wordless female vocal riffs. Coursing throughout all these numbers is his sonorous and passionate trumpet work. As on the title track, the melody Alpert sets is often the crucial factor determining the feeling of the song. It's sexy, urban, and festive.