ALBUM : COME FLY AWAY WITH ME
ARTIST : HERB ALPERT
GENRE : INSTRUMENTAL JAZZ
DATE RELEASED : 2015
At 80 years old, you think that Herb Alpert has already retired, then think again. Fortunately, this legendary instrumental jazz musician is still good and can blow horns to his heart’s delight. While the prolonged horn sound is no longer there and instead replaced with short pauses in between notes, it doesn’t mean that he can no longer delight jazz music lovers. Fortunately, there are several pluses in this album and it will make you convince even more that he did not age or lose his talent at all after all these years.
Relive his music with “This Guy’s In Love With You” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ByJ1C0iR4.
This album has both original and American songbook classics. It is a delight listening to his different take on some of the classics. In his own version of “Something” by George Harrison, you will really feel the sadness of missing and longing for someone. In “Come Fly Away With Me,” it was a good strategy to infuse it with bossa nova flavor and own the song and one will not think of Frank Sinatra after listening to the song. Similarly, he made the same strategy with “Take The A Train” and one can really feel going for the ride in the song. He was emotionally best with his own version of “Danny Boy.”
Listen to “Come Fly Away With Me” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zISJj6g4MT0.
While his take on the classics were excellent, it did not diminish the fact that he is still good doing original songs. The musical arrangements of “Love Affair” suggest that he can still be naught being in love. In “Walking Tall,” the infusion of reggae vibe will definitely awe jazz fans because the track is indeed fun. It is best that one should listen to “Cheeky” after listening to “Walking Tall” for more enjoyable horn experience with Herb Alpert. No doubt it, the magic is still there when you listen to his “Nightride.” It is like listening to “Rise” again.
Listen to “Night Ride” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYSwemeX4dw.
This album will definitely rank not only among as one of his best but also as one of the best instrumental jazz albums of all time. Thus, I rate this record 5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it