Herb Alpert seems to have lost his shirt on the way to the photo shoot for the album – but it looks like he's still got his trumpet to keep him warm! Joking aside, the album's a great one from the later Herb – one of those sets that has him turning his strong talent for a trumpet solo in the direction of soulful fusion and R&B-inflected jazz – maybe taking a page from the book of Chuck Mangione or Maynard Ferguson in the process, but definitely giving things his own sort of spin! The arrangements are nicely tasteful – electric, but never clunkily so, especially for the time – and Alpert's trumpet really does a great job of warming things up. Titles include "Latin Lady", "Garden Party", "Paradise Cove", "Gently", "True Confessions", "The Midnight Tango", and "Sundown". (Jazz, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)
Claude Denjean —
Moog! ... LP Phase 4, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ...
Claude Denjean's always been one of our more favorite moogy artists, and this LP's a really nice batch of 60's covers done in a very moogy way, with little or no backing behind them. Tracks include "Venus", "Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head", and "Everybody's Talkin'". Nice version of "Nights In White Satin", too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Luiz Henrique & Walter Wanderley —
Popcorn ... LP Verve, 1969. Very Good+ ...
An excellent collaboration between two of Verve's best Brazilian artists of the late 60s – the groovy organist Walter Wanderley, and the breezy breathy vocalist Luiz Henrique! The set is a perfect example of the way that Verve took bossa playing and gave it a groovy production twist – turning it into something that was just a little bit different, in a mode that became America's best contribution to the bossa era! The legendary Sivuca puts in a great guest appearance on a few tracks – further enhancing the sound with his "singing" style of accordion work – and the whole thing bounces along in a magical groove that's hardly been duplicated again! Titles include a very unusual funk-based take on "Happy Birthday" – one that has a bit of a break to it – plus "Kee Ka Roo", "Popcorn" (not the Perry-Kingsley hit), "Florianopolis", "In My Automobile", "Dusty Road", and "Blue Island". (Brazil, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album