When I was very young ... I mean barley out of diapers ... my parents gave my sister and me each an album for Christmas. I (lucky chick that I was) got Bobby Sherman (swoon). My sister, a very sophisticated 18 months older than I, got Herb Alpert's "Whipped Cream and Other Delights". I'm pretty sure I played that record as much as Bobby's. Maybe more. Certainly as I grew up and my affection for Mr. Sherman waned dramatically, my appreciation of Mr. Alpert's talents never wavered. Imagine my delight when he released "This Guy's In Love With You" and actually sang. I most definitely swooned again.
Fast forward all these (never mind how many) years and here is Herb once again, at the tender age of 81, releasing a new album as fresh and hip as anything out there. Fresh and hip enough to earn the man yet another Grammy nomination in 2017. From the lead-off single and title track, Human Nature proves rather eloquently that this man isn't resting on any laurels. Kicky percussion, catchy vocals and of course that signature trumpet combine to create an edgy yet elegant sound. His cover of Burt Bacharach's iconic "Alfie" (with vocals from his Grammy-winning wife Lani Hall) is reflective yet refreshing. And his brand new take of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" (originally recorded with the Tijuana Brass) shows the master at work; youthful, energetic and always in the groove.
Mr. Alpert isn't just content to revisit classics either. His originals "Doodles" and "Mystery Man" run from funky fun to sexy smooth. Like the man himself I reckon.
Herb Alpert’s extraordinary career has covered over fifty years ... so far. As trumpeter, arranger and composer, he’s sold over 72 million albums and earned nine Grammy awards. He is also the only artist who has had a #1 instrumental and vocal single. Ah yes, I remember that one. This Guy's In Love With You.
This girl is still in love with you, Mr. Alpert. My personal favourite track on Human Nature is the ethereal "Look Up Again". Heartrending, sensual, a little sad. Emotional, tender, touching trumpet. Gorgeous.
Sorry, Bob. Herb's my guy.
Vickie van Dyke