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 includes: Herb Alpert (vocals, trumpet, flugelhorn); Abe Laboriel (acoustic guitar, bass); Tim May, Chris Pinnick, Carlos Rios, Jay Dee Maness (guitar); Tommy Tedesco (lute, balalaika); Pete Jolly (accordion); Tom Scott (lyricon); Bob Findley (trumpet); William Reichenbach (trombone); Andy Armer (piano, clavinet, synthesizer); Michel Columbier (piano, bass); Joe Sample (piano); Mike Lang (electric piano); James Jamerson Jr., Louis Johnson, Jerry Knight, Bob Magnusson (bass); Julius Wechter (marimba); Steve Schaeffer, Randy Badazz (drums, percussion); Harvey Mason (drums); Manolo, Emil Richards, John Bergamo (percussion).
Recorded at A&M Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California.
Reissued, re-mastered, and re-sequenced for the 21st century, Herb Alpert's 1979 album RISE still has the big hair and polyester feel of the early '80s, though club remixes of two of the cuts, "Rotation" and "Aranjuez (Mon Amour)," update the producer/trumpeter's sound for a new audience, with the latter even adding trendy Arabic cadences. The title cut, with its laconic, laid-back feel and insistent bass riff, was also the backing track for the Notorious B.I.G.'s 1990s hit "Hypnotize." The album marked a triumphant comeback for Alpert, its sophisticated, upscale production blending his signature trumpet flourishes with contemporary touches such as massed synthesizers, disco beats, and orchestral backing.