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Human Nature

Human Nature

by Herb AlpertHerb Alpert


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Legendary pop and jazz icon Herb Alpert continues his prolific career run with his 2016 studio album, Human Nature. The album follows up his well-received 2014 effort, In the Mood, and picks up on that album's mix of electronic pop and Latin-inflected, dance-oriented grooves. In his eighties at the time of recording, he has aged into a soulful, lyrical musician able to bridge the light pop stylings of his youth with more introspective choices. Human Nature finds him completely engaged, continuing to explore new sounds and songs. Joining Alpert here are several longtime collaborators in producer/percussionist Michael Shapiro, producer/arranger/keyboardist Eduardo Del Barrio, bassist/guitarist Hussain Jiffry, keyboardist/arranger/producer Bill Cantos, and others. As with Alpert's other albums since coming out of a ten-year hiatus in 2009, Human Nature finds the trumpeter applying his distinctively sweet-toned sound to a nicely balanced combination of beloved pop standards, unexpected covers, and originals. Sometimes, as on the title track, an inspired Brazilian Mardi Gras-infused reworking of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," Alpert goes for an inventive cross-genre angle. Other times, as on his lush, romantic reading of the Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello-ballad "Look Up Again," he takes a more straightforward approach, framing his yearning Miles Davis-esque lines with reverb-soaked piano and shimmering orchestral strings. Alpert even draws upon his iconic Tijuana Brass double-tracked trumpet sound for a bright, electro-Latin take on the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," which also features vocals from his wife, muse, and frequent collaborator Lani Hall. Elsewhere, Alpert strikes a similarly pleasant, cross-genre stance with his originals, like the disco-salsa "Shake It" and the sophisticated, cocktail hour-ready Latin jazz of "Mystery Man." Ultimately, Human Nature is a warmly produced album by an artist who has seen and done it all, and yet still finds magic and mystery in the process.

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Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2016
Label: Herb Alpert Presents
UPC: 0814647021539
catalogNumber: 702153
Rank: 50986


  1. Human Nature
  2. Shake It
  3. Alfie
  4. Thalia
  5. Look Up Again
  6. Incognito
  7. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
  8. Mystery Man
  9. Doodles

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Herb Alpert   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals
Lani Hall   Vocals
Eduardo del Barrio   Percussion,Strings,Keyboards
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Bill Cantos   Percussion,Strings,Keyboards,Vocals
Hussain Jiffry   Keyboards,Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar,Frets
Michael Shapiro   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Greg Manning   Keyboards
Andre De Santanna   Bass
Jamieson Trotter   Hammond Organ
Chris Gamez   Turntables,Sampling

Technical Credits

Herb Alpert   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Elvis Costello   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Bill Cantos   Arranger,Producer
Hal David   Composer
Hussain Jiffry   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Shapiro   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Gerry Wersh   Back Cover Photo
Dewey Nicks   Inside Photo
Brian Porizek   Art Direction
Greg Manning   Composer
Eddie Del Barrio   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Steven M. Porcaro   Composer

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