Tonight’s artist is an amazing composer from way back. His name is Herb Alpert. Alpert is noted as being a Jazz composer, and mostly trumpet player. However, if we listen to many of the albums he has released throughout the years, he’s actually done a lot of different kinds of music, including disco, and some standards. I first first came to know of Alpert when I heard one of his biggest mainstream hit of all times called “Rise,” released in 1979 under A&M records. I fell in love with his work ever since. “Rise,” not only hit #1, the song also got Alpert a Grammy that year, for best pop instrumental performance. I love this peace just as much as I love Chuck Mangione’s “Feel Good.” “Rise,” is indeed a masterpiece in my opinion.
When I close my eyes and listen to it, it makes me feel like I’m in Mexico somewhere, like on an romantic adventure or something. Or on some beach in Mexico drinking a martini or something, just chillin’. LOL. Most of his music (if not all) is very smooth and relaxing. In my opinion, with the exception of Rise and a couple of other works from Alpert, although enjoyable, they’re definitely not party music (at least not in the sense of getting down and boogieing). I don’t know what to call them. I guess the best thing I can compare it too, is like up beat meditative kind of music. You know, the kind of music you would play in an office to help change the office atmosphere I guess. LOL