GrammyÂ®-winning jazz great Herb Alpert is Steppinâ€™ Out on November 19 with a new album on Shout! Factory. Combining pop instrumentals and timeless jazz along with Latin-influenced rhythms reminiscent of the Tijuana Brass, Steppinâ€™ Out explores standards from the American Songbook as well as Alpertâ€™s own catalog, and features his wife, the GrammyÂ®-winning vocalist Lani Hall, on several tracks.
Steppinâ€™ Out includes 16 songs, including a contemporary version of Irving Berlinâ€™s â€œPuttinâ€™ on the Ritz,â€ a video for which has just been released. The music has an undeniable charm coupled with an energetic and intricate dance routine choreographed by the EmmyÂ® award-winning team from So You Think You Can Dance, Napoleon & Tabitha Dâ€™umo, creating a magical pied piper-like scene. The video features musicians Lani Hall, Bill Cantos, Hussain Jiffry, Michael Shapiro and dancer Vincent Noiseux alongside corps dancers like Kherington Payne and others from So You Think You Can Dance USA, Americaâ€™s Best Dance Crew, Dancing with the Stars, This is It, and Step Up. The video follows the lead dancer in one single seamless camera shot, without any edits, on a musical journey, motivating everyone he passes to join the promenade. The video can be seen here:Â
Also featured on Steppinâ€™ Out is Alpert and Jeff Lorberâ€™s â€œJackyâ€™s Place,â€ with lyrics by Bill Cantos, featuring vocals by Lani Hall, Art Pepperâ€™s ballad â€œOur Song,â€ the chill Alpert/Lorber/Cantos composition â€œGreen Lemonade,â€ Harry Warren and Al Dubinâ€™s â€œI Only Have Eyes For You,â€ featuring vocals by Hall, Ruben Fuentes Gassonâ€™s â€œGood Morning Mr. Sunshine,â€ from the Tijuana Brassâ€™ 1969 album The Brass Are Coming, the commanding ballad â€œOblivion,â€ written by Astor Piazzolla,Â Irving Berlinâ€™s â€œWhatâ€™ll I Do,â€ featuring vocals by Hall, the Alpert/Lorber/Cantos composition â€œCote dâ€™Azur,â€ a fresh version of Edith Piafâ€™s perennial favorite â€œLa Vie En Rose,â€ Carl Sigman and Charles Dawesâ€™ â€œItâ€™s All In The Gameâ€ featuring Hall, Carlos Santana and Thomas J. Costerâ€™s â€œEuropa,â€ Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercerâ€™s “And The Angels Sing,â€ which originally appeared on Alpertâ€™s Going Places, Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichaelâ€™s â€œSkylark,â€ and Alpert and Jeff Lorberâ€™s â€œMigration,â€ with lyrics written by Bill Cantos and vocals by Hall. Closing out the album is the 50th Anniversary version of â€œThe Lonely Bull,â€ composed by Sol Lake and first released on Alpertâ€™s debut album on A&M Records.
Steppinâ€™ Out features Herb Alpert on trumpet and vocals, Lani Hall on vocals, Bill Cantos on keyboards, Michael Shapiro on drums and percussion, Hussain Jiffry on bass, Coco Triuisonno on bandoneon, and Ramon Stagnaro on acoustic guitar. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall produced the bulk of the album, while â€œPuttinâ€™ on the Ritzâ€ was produced by Randy â€œBadazzâ€ Alpert and Herb Alpert. â€œJackyâ€™s Place,â€ â€œGreen Lemonade,â€ â€œCÃ´te dâ€™Azur,â€ and â€œMigrationâ€ were produced by Jeff Lorber and Herb Alpert, and co-produced by Lani Hall, with additional guitar Paul Jackson Jr.
Herb Alpert is a true Renaissance man and known as a world renowned musician, record label co-founder, music producer, composer, arranger, visual artist, Broadway producer and philanthropist.Â After early success composing â€œWonderful Worldâ€ with Sam Cooke and Lou Adler, Alpert went on to co-found A&M Records in 1962 with Jerry Moss, which grew from Alpertâ€™s garage in West Hollywood into the largest independent record label in history.Â Alpert introduced the Tijuana Brass phenomenon with a signature sound that propelled him to global fame. In 1966, when the TJB craze was unstoppable, he achieved the unmatched accomplishment of having 5 albums, at the same time, on Billboardâ€™s Top 20.Â He has sold over 75 million records, with 15 certified platinum and 14 gold. Alpertâ€™s many music honors include 7 GrammyÂ® Awards, the prized Trustees GrammyÂ® Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama. He is the only artist to have a #1 record as a singer, â€œThis Guyâ€™s in Love with Youâ€ and as an instrumentalist, â€œRiseâ€ in 1979.
Alpert explains, â€œThere is a certain satisfaction and energy that comes from playing the horn â€“ a feeling that I am really in the moment.â€Â Herb Alpert has never stopped making music and in addition to his musical accomplishments, he has spent more than half his life as a respected, abstract expressionist painter and sculptor, whose work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
Herb Alpert and his wife, singer, Lani Hall, have been performing together, with their band, since 2006 and have previously released two CDs, â€œAnything Goesâ€ and â€œI Feel You.â€
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Cover art: â€œTango Americanoâ€ (acrylic on canvas) by Herb AlpertÂ Â Â Â Â
Steppinâ€™ Out Tracklist
1. Puttinâ€™ on the Ritz
2. Jackyâ€™s Place
3. Our Song
4. Green Lemonade
5. I Only Have Eyes For You
6. Good Morning Mr. Sunshine
8. Whatâ€™ll I Do?
9. CÃ´te dâ€™Azur
10. La Vie en Rose
11. Itâ€™s All in the Game
13. And the Angels Sing
16. The Lonely Bull