TJB’s Herb Alpert is back with ‘Music Vol. 1’

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Iconic music exec, philanthropist and sculptor makes new sounds

Herb Alpert first made his mark with the Tijuana Brass in the sexy ‘60’s when his records set records and his sound spawned a raft of imitators. According to Wikipedia, Alpert’s musical accomplishments include five No. 1 albums and 28 albums on the Billboard Album chart, nine Grammy Awards, 14 platinum albums and 15 gold albums. He has sold over 72 million records worldwide and is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both as a vocalist (“This Guy’s in Love with You,” 1968), and an instrumentalist (“Rise,” 1979).

Alpert’s new album Music Vol. 1 arrives with a brand new song written by the performer, the infectiously funky “Sugarfoot.” The album unfurls with tasteful twists on iconic songs, such as turntable scratches and electronic flourishes on the standards “Unforgettable” and “Cheek to Cheek.”

The inclusion of both “Michelle” and “Imagine” point to the endless Alpert respect for these historic classics.   “Michelle” starts with lush strings and shifts into a swinging, Parisian-inspired jazz motif. Alpert also puts a fresh spin on “Flamingo,” a song he first recorded for 1966’s chart-topper S.R.O.

Music Vol. 1 arrives at a busy time. Last year’s album Human Nature earned him yet another Grammy nomination. He also won a Grammy for ”Best Pop Instrumental Album” in 2014 for Steppin’ Out. A holiday album will also arrive later this year.

Herb Alpert fast facts

  • Billboard recently listed Alpert at #7 on their Greatest Of All Time Billboard 200 Artists list.
  • He remastered and reissued 28 of his classic albums for the first time and released them last fall, 13 of which simultaneously debuted in the Top 50 of Billboard’s Catalog Jazz charts.
  • Herb is a 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
  • In 2013, Alpert received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

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