12 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Captain Bacardi ,

Herb Alpert Redeems Himself

Following 2018's disastrous "Reimagines The Tijuana Brass" debacle, Herb Alpert redeems himself with "Over The Rainbow", an honest and fresh musical excursion. As he often does, Alpert takes a mix of standards and pop hits and turns them into a contemporary vehicle that he can blow his horn over. The album explodes from the get-go with the only Alpert original, "Skinny Dip", a high energy Caribbean groove with Alpert's signature horn lines. The rhythm is so engaging that one wishes for an extra minute or two of this infectious rhythm. Bill Withers' classic "Ain't No Sunshine" follows featuring a nice trumpet solo from Alpert. For me, the highlight of the album is Earth Wind & Fire's "Fantasy", which almost seems as if were written for Alpert, who incorporates some TJB-style horn lines behind his hot trumpet solo. Some interesting moments on the album include a quasi-reggae version of the Willie Nelson it "Always On My Mind", as well as an interesting spin of the old Nat King Cole hit "Nature Boy". Alpert even makes Barry Manilow's corny "Copacabana" somewhat bearable. Sometimes the strings get a bit overbearing such as on the title track, and Alpert's raspy vocals don't do much on "You Are So Beautiful", but given that the man is 84 years old he can still make some exciting and relevant music.

Max DeMaria ,

Herb is the BEST!

I was a part of the Carpenters Story, and Herb was the genius behind them at the beginning. Herb has always been the quiet behind the scenes one, and I am so glad that he is BACK with a great record. Take a listen... Its been an amazing journey!

-Maxwell Gomis-Demaria, Taos, New Mexico

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