Monday, October 7, 2013

Herb Alpert back with new music

Grammy-winning jazz artist Herb Alpert is Steppin’ Out on Nov. 19 with a new physical album on Shout! Factory.

Combining pop instrumentals and timeless jazz along with Latin-influenced rhythms reminiscent of the Tijuana Brass, Steppin’ Out explores standards from the American Songbook as well as Alpert’s own catalog, and features his wife, the Grammy-winning vocalist Lani Hall, on several tracks. The album is available on digital platforms now.

Steppin’ Out
includes 16 songs, including a contemporary version of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz”; a video was recently released. The music has a dance routine choreographed by the Emmy award-winning team from So You Think You Can Dance - Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo.

The video features musicians Lani Hall, Bill Cantos, Hussain Jiffry, Michael Shapiro and dancer Vincent Noiseux alongside corps dancers like Kherington Payne and others from So You Think You Can Dance USA, America’s Best Dance Crew, Dancing with the Stars, This is It, and Step Up. The video follows the lead dancer in one single seamless camera shot, without any edits, on a musical journey, motivating everyone he passes to join the promenade.

Featured on Steppin’ Out is Alpert and Jeff Lorber’s “Jacky’s Place,” with lyrics by Bill Cantos, featuring vocals by Lani Hall, Art Pepper’s ballad “Our Song,” the Alpert/Lorber/Cantos composition “Green Lemonade,” Harry Warren and Al Dubin’s “I Only Have Eyes For You,” featuring vocals by Hall and Ruben Fuentes Gasson’s “Good Morning Mr. Sunshine,” from the Tijuana Brass’ 1969 album The Brass Are Coming.

Then there's the commanding ballad “Oblivion,” written by Astor Piazzolla, Irving Berlin’s “What’ll I Do,” featuring vocals by Hall, the Alpert/Lorber/Cantos composition “Cote d’Azur,” a fresh version of Edith Piaf’s perennial favorite “La Vie En Rose,” Carl Sigman and Charles Dawes’ “It’s All In The Game” featuring Hall, Carlos Santana and Thomas J. Coster’s “Europa,” Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer’s "And The Angels Sing,” which originally appeared on Alpert’s Going Places, Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark,” and Alpert and Jeff Lorber’s “Migration,” with lyrics written by Bill Cantos and vocals by Hall.

Closing out the album is the 50th Anniversary version of “The Lonely Bull,” composed by Sol Lake and first released on Alpert’s debut album on A&M Records.

Alpert explains, “There is a certain satisfaction and energy that comes from playing the horn – a feeling that I am really in the moment.” Herb Alpert has never stopped making music and in addition to his musical accomplishments, he has spent more than half his life as a respected, abstract expressionist painter and sculptor, whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.

Herb Alpert and his wife, singer, Lani Hall, have been performing together, with their band, since 2006 and have previously released two CDs, “Anything Goes” and “I Feel You.”

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