Grammy Winner HERB ALPERT to Release New Jazz Album STEPPIN' OUT, 11/19
Grammy-winning jazz great Herb Alpert is Steppin' 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, Steppin' Out explores standards from the American Songbook as well as Alpert's own catalog, and features his wife, the Grammy-winning vocalist Lani Hall, on several tracks. The album will also be made available on digital platforms on September 24.
Steppin' Out includes 16 songs, including a contemporary version of Irving Berlin's "Puttin' on the Ritz," 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 Emmy award-winning team from So You Think You Can Dance, Napoleon & Tabitha D'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, America'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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI0b2pCO4AI
Also featured on Steppin' Out is Alpert and Jeff Lorber's "Jacky's Place," with lyrics by Bill Cantos, featuring vocals by Lani Hall, Art Pepper's ballad "Our Song," the chill Alpert/Lorber/Cantos composition "Green Lemonade," Harry Warren and Al Dubin's "I Only Have Eyes For You," featuring vocals by Hall, Ruben Fuentes Gasson's "Good Morning Mr. Sunshine," from the Tijuana Brass' 1969 album The Brass Are Coming, the commanding ballad "Oblivion," written by Astor Piazzolla, Irving Berlin's "What'll I Do," featuring vocals by Hall, the Alpert/Lorber/Cantos composition "Cote d'Azur," a fresh version of Edith Piaf's perennial favorite "La Vie En Rose," Carl Sigman and Charles Dawes' "It's All In The Game" featuring Hall, Carlos Santana and Thomas J. Coster's "Europa," Ziggy Elman and Johnny Mercer's "And The Angels Sing," which originally appeared on Alpert's Going Places, Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark," and Alpert and Jeff Lorber's "Migration," with lyrics written by Bill Cantos and vocals by Hall. Closing out the album is the 50th Anniversary version of "The Lonely Bull," composed by Sol Lake and first released on Alpert's debut album on A&M Records.
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