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This month Los Angeles magazine profiles Herb Alpert, the nice Jewish boy from East L.A. who outsold the Beatles and this year released his 19th album at the age of 74. Here are some of our favorite songs from his extensive repertoire
This 1965 song features one of Alpert’s best trumpet performances and was a breakout hit for his Tijuana Brass ensemble. The sound is as playful and coquettish as the image of the shaving-cream-covered model that graced the cover of the Whipped Cream and Other Delights album.
This is the first track on Rise, Alpert’s Grammy-winning 1979 album. With rolling drums and triumphant trumpet solos, it’s no wonder this tune was used for the worldwide telecast of the 1980 Olympics.
Another Grammy winner, this 1987 R&B hit from Keep Your Eye on Me features vocals by Janet Jackson over a pop jazz arrangement.
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
In 1966 Alpert and the Tijuana Brass were at the top of their game with their #1 album Going Places, which included jumping Latin jazz singles like this one.
Tell It to the Birds
This song was a Southern California favorite in 1962. It offers a rare opportunity to hear Alpert sing and was recorded during his brief stint as a vocalist under the stage name Dore Alpert.
Wade in the Water
Alpert and the Brass enliven this traditional slave spiritual with a foot-tapping downbeat and blaring horns. The song became a Top 40 hit in 1967.
Love at First Glance
Alpert’s 1999 album, Colors, was at the top of the contemporary jazz charts and had rich, jazzy songs like this one. By now Alpert had sold more than 72 million records.
I Feel You
Alpert and his wife, singer Lani Hall, have been sharing their lives and musical passion for decades. This is a sampler of the couple’s 2011 album of the same name. The collaboration exemplifies Hall’s smooth, haunting vocals and Alpert’s masterful horn playing.
Go behind the scenes of our photo shoot with Herb Alpert
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