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Welcome Back Herb!
W. J. Bernardi | Austin, Tx USA | 10/01/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Herb Alpert's first release in four years - and on his new label - is a joyous one! Teaming up with keyboardist Jeff Lorber, Alpert embarks on a funk-jazz romp that showcases some of his best playing on record. He conjures up images of Miles Davis on many of the songs, yet it isn't a ripoff of Miles at all. Alpert is a smart player. He knows what he can and can't do, and stays within himself. Opening up with the aptly-titled "Second Wind" Herb and Lorber create a great groove which gives Alpert some freedom to roam around on the horn. "Driving Home" is another hot song with Herb playing some really nice jazz on. Lorber does some nice playing on "Sneakin' In" with the Hammond B3 organ, conjuring up images of Jimmy Smith. This is some of Lorber's best playing on record, too. On his own Lorber ends up playing a zillion notes per second, but under Alpert's guidance he plays only when necessary. The two combined to compose most of the songs, including the beautiful "Rendevouz", where Alpert shows his romantic side of playing. And his version of "My Funny Valentine" is also very hip. For those who haven't listened to Herb Alpert in a long time, this is a CD that will impress you. One other note: The Japanese version of this CD contains a bonus track - a "live" version of "The Lonely Bull", which was Alpert's very first hit with the Tijuana Brass. Very funky, with great solos by Alpert and Lorber!"
The Magic Trumpet of Old shows new life
misterap | Grove City, PA | 10/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Don't let the drab CD cover fool you-- Herb Alpert's "Second Wind" is a treat for those who enjoy smooth jazz, particularly trumpet. The influence of co-writer Jeff Lorber is obvious here, as the music is very upbeat, but Jeff doesn't play the trumpet. There is still something about Alpert's trumpet tone that is unique. There is no tint. It is so smooth and rich. Listen to the track "Wherever you are," for example and ask if you have ever heard such a beautiful tone from a trumpet. Alpert's playing is great throughout the CD-- Side steppin' and Rendezvous display his fine technique and great tone, which for me more than make up for his limited high-end range. I had to listen to the CD four or five times to appreciate it. Give it a try, its great music to relax to."