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Trumpeter Herb Alpert is known for paving the way for wider acceptance of Latin music via his group Tijuana Brass.  With hits such as "The Lonely Bull" and "Whipped Cream and Other Delights," the latter with one of the best-known album covers in history, Alpert dominated the Sixties, being outsold only by the Beatles, Elvis and Frank Sinatra. His style essentially laid the blueprint for lounge music. 

But just when you thought he'd be relegated to thrift store and dollar bin hell, Alpert threw a curveball.  Switching gears in the 70s, his solo career is notable for the jazz-funk classics "Rise" and "Rotation," both from his 1979 Rise album. "Rise" was later resurrected by the Notorious BIG for "Hypnotize" in 1997.  Alpert's other great contribution to r&b was Keep Your Eye On Me, which included production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and featured the great singles "Making Love In The Rain," "Keep Your Eye On Me," and "Diamonds," on which Janet Jackson sang. 

In addition to his solo work, he formed the A&M record company, one of the last major independent labels, which lasted from 1962-1992.  As an executive, he played a part in the careers of Janet Jackson, the Police, Atlantic Starr, Quincy Jones, the Brothers Johnson and a host of others. He has developed alternate careers in theatre, philanthropy, and art while continuing to make guest appearances. 

For his over forty years of contributions to music, Alpert was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006.   

Herb Alpert's Deepest Grooves

Whipped Cream & Other Delights (40th Anniversary Edition) (A&M, 1965)
One of the era-defining records of the 60s, this spent two months at the top of the charts.  Besides, you know you like that cover photo!  

Rise (A&M, 1979)
Surprising foray into funk for the previously placid Alpert. One of the more popular jazz-funk albums of its time.

Keep Your Eye On Me (A&M, 1987)
One of the best Minneapolis records came from an unlikely source in Alpert, but this is slamming from beginning to end. Unfortunately difficult to find on compact disc. 

North on South St. (A&M, 1991)
Alpert's forgotten take on jazz-rap fusion.  Can be considered a companion piece to Miles' Doo-Bop, with arguably better results. 

Herb Alpert - Live at Montreux 1996 (Eagle Vision, 1996)
Rare live footage of Alpert guesting with Jeff Lorber's band.  Includes "Rise"

Definitive Hits (Interscope, 2001)
Like the title says, this is the definitive collection for the casual Alpert fan, going from "Lonely Bull" to "Diamonds." 

Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped (Shout Factory, 2006)
Now this is a remix project that makes sense! Perhaps the quintessential lounge LP gets re-rubbed by modern day practitioners Thievery Corporation, Ozomatli, Mocean Worker and Medeski Martin and Wood. 

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