Two For Tuesday: Herb Alpert (Smooth Jazz)

I can hear you now: “Herb Alpert, a smooth jazz musician? No way!” We all remember Herb from his days with the Tijuana Brass, and they did jazz mixed with pop and Latin music. If he’s not a smooth jazz artist, he certainly inspired a number of them. Besides being a musician, he’s a producer and, for many years, ran A&M Records with his business partner Jerry Moss. A&M was home to Wes Montgomery and Chuck Mangione in the years that those artists were playing more pop-oriented music.

Herb had an early smooth jazz hit, “Rise,” the title track from his 1979 album. It rose to #1 on the Hot 100 and on the Adult Contemporary charts and to #4 on the R&B chart that year, and still gets considerable airplay on smooth jazz stations.

“Manhattan Melody” is a track from his 1981 album Magic Man. It was released as a single, but failed to chart, for some reason.

Herb has been married to Lani Hall, who was a vocalist for Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66, since 1971. He’s continued to perform and release albums, still going strong at 83.

Herb Alpert, your Two for Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

14 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Herb Alpert (Smooth Jazz)

  1. Hi John, I listen mostly to classical music, but I do listen to smooth jazz when going out with friends. I like the two pieces of music you have here. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Hi John – he was certainly easy to listen to … maybe the chart ones … I loved ‘This Guy’s in Love with You’ … but his background and life make an interesting read – cheers Hilary


  3. I loved Herb Alpert when I was a kid. I still do. My favorite is “A Taste of Honey.” All my friends thought I was nuts.


  4. I’ve tried so hard to like jazz, but I just can’t get into it at all. It’s one of the few music genres I don’t really like. But I do like Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, so it’s not the horns. LOL


    1. It’s a matter of taste. Some people love it, some hate it, and some just can’t get into it. The Tijuana Brass played some great music; they were one of my favorite bands when I was in grammar school and I still like their stuff today.

      The thing about smooth jazz is that it’s light on the jazz, although some players are superb jazz musicians (Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour, George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., Joe Sample, David Benoit, etc. etc.). As things have progressed, almost ANYTHING can be considered smooth jazz…


    2. I don’t think I ever thought of Herb Alpert as a jazz musician. I don’t really know what genre I’d put him in.


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