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Herb Alpert Still Playing Strong, Releases New Christmas Album and More in 2017

Mon December 18 2017 11:29 am
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Herb Alpert caps off a remarkable 2017 with perhaps his finest moment of the year: a return to holiday music for the first time in 50 years. ‘The Christmas Wish’ features Alpert and a stunning 77-piece symphony and choir lending fresh interpretations to more than a dozen holiday hits. ‘The Christmas Wish’ was tracked at the hallowed Capitol Studios in the heart of Hollywood.

Alpert is supported by a host of legendary friends and collaborators on ‘The Christmas Wish,’ including Richard Carpenter (who joins Herb on celesta for his “Merry Christmas, Darling”), Paul Williams (who penned original lyrics for the brand-new title track), composer/arranger Chris Walden (Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder) and engineer Al Schmitt (Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Madonna). Herb’s wife and bandmate Lani Hall joins him for lead vocals on the album’s title track. ‘The Christmas Wish’ follows up 1968’s chart-topping ‘Christmas Album,’ recently named one of the 15 Greatest Holiday Albums of All Time by MOJO.

Herb Alpert is the only recording artist to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop chart as both a vocalist (“This Guy’s in Love with You”, 1968), and an instrumentalist (“Rise”, 1979). His launch to stellar professional performing began with The Lonely Bull by “Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass in 1962.

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‘The Christmas Wish’ made its national television debut Friday November 3, 2017 on The Hallmark Channel’s ‘Home & Family’ morning show, where Herb Alpert performed “Santa Baby.” The ‘Home & Family’ performance appeared on the heels of a #3 debut on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album Chart, marking Herb’s second top three debut of the year (after his ‘Music Vol. 1’ topped the same chart this summer). Earlier this year, Alpert was nominated for yet another GRAMMY (his second nomination in three years), interviewed on the Tonight Show by Jimmy Fallon and profiled by the LA Times. His ‘Music Vol. 1’ record was hailed as “life affirming” by AllMusic and “a new classic” by the Huffington Post, as Billboard dubbed Alpert “more prolific than most artists a fraction of his age.”

Jimmy Fallon Talks with Herb Alpert about his positive music.

Legendary producer/trumpeter Herb Alpert sits in with Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show band The Roots on the late night television episode September 12, 2017. Herb Alpert (the “A” of A&M Records, Hollywood) performs I’m Yours (Jason Mraz Cover) and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass classic A Taste Of Honey in promoting his latest album Music Volume 1.

Here’s a clip of Herb Alpert & Lani Hall performing a Herb Alpert and a Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Medley at the Hyatt Concert series In Newport Beach CA 7-7-17

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