Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Herb Alpert Revives the Tijuana Brass Sound on "Come Fly With Me"

Over the years, Herb Alpert has experimented with a number of different sounds but it is the arrangements he used with the Tijuana Brass that have been the hallmark of his career.

This Friday, September 25, Alpert released the new album Come Fly With Me via his own HerbAlpert Presents label, which includes a retro sound that will be familiar for his fans from the 60's.

The exciting original compositions on Come Fly With Me were inspired by everything from a Tito Puente rhythm Alpert fell in love with (the propulsive Night Ride) to jamming with his world class band in between shows on tour (the fun, reggae-infused Cheeky was born of these sessions). On Walkin' Tall, another track with a punchy reggae beat, Alpert's trumpet melody slinks and slides. Herb's take on one of Frank Sinatra's most famous recordings, Come Fly With Me, is set to a groovy bossa nova beat with the surprising addition of a steel drum. His sparse take on George Harrison's Something includes the use of an electronic instrument known as an EVI, to play the signature guitar lick from the original recording.

Alpert was always fond of the infectious melody in Something, and of George Harrison as a person, who recorded on Alpert's A&M Records in the seventies. Alpert co-founded A&M in 1962 and headed the label for thirty years. In that time he mentored generations of pop icons, from The Carpenters and Cat Stevens to Sting and Janet Jackson.

The track list for Come Fly With Me:
  • Come Fly With Me
  • Blue Skies
  • Got A Lot of Livin' To Do
  • Cheeky
  • Take The A Train
  • Love Affair
  • Windy City
  • Sweet and Lovely
  • Walkin' Tall
  • Night Ride
  • Something
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Danny Boy
Alpert and his band will be touring in support of the album through January.
  • 09/25 - Malibu, CA - Smothers Theatre
  • 09/26 - Tucson, AZ - Fox Theatre
  • 09/28 - Austin, TX - One World Theatre
  • 09/29 - Austin, TX - One World Theatre
  • 10/01 - Chicago, IL - Chicago City Winery
  • 10/02 - Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Presentation Hall
  • 12/02 - Saratoga, CA - Montalvo
  • 12/03 - Saratoga, CA - Montalvo
  • 12/05 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
  • 12/06 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
  • 12/07 - Oakland, CA - Yoshi's Oakland
  • 01/26 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
  • 01/27 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
  • 01/28 - Seattle, WA - Jazz Alley
  • 01/30 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Symphony