HERB ALPERT RETURNS WITH ELECTRONIC AND DANCE–INFUSED
Herb Alpert’s new album ‘Human Nature’ finds the iconic musician delving into dance grooves and elements of electronic music in a way he has never done before. The new album, his fourth new release in just three years, is out September 30 and features five original compositions and Herb’s signature reimagining of classics like Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature,” Burt Bacharach’s “Alfie” and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” and Bacharach and Elvis Costello’s “Look Up Again.”
“I start each project with the same pursuit looking for melodies that I enjoy playing. I found three songs by Burt Bacharach that I always loved and a new ballad called ‘Look Up Again.’ In addition there are some new songs that I co–wrote with some of my favorite musicians” says Herb Alpert about “Human Nature,” his 42nd album. Herb’s legendary career includes five decades of unprecedented breakthroughs as an artist, record executive and philanthropist. In the past three years alone, he won his ninth GRAMMY for 2013’s Steppin’ Out and received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama.
Lead single and original track “Doodles” is propelled by a deep pocket groove and Herb’s iconic phrasing, an earworm melody in his breathless style. “Human Nature,” a Michael Jackson smash hit, gets a Latin tinge, the song stripped to its essentials to let the rhythm and melody shine. The album artwork, of a figure playing the trumpet, is an original sculpture that Herb crafted.
“Human Nature” is available for pre–order on August 5. Fans will receive an immediate download of “Doodles” with each order through iTunes or Amazon MP3.
In September, Herb will also re–release 24 classic albums from his illustrious career on CD with 4 titles to be released on LP. Each title has been remastered from the original analog tape mixes by GRAMMY–winning engineer Bernie Grundman, who was the original mastering engineer for many of these recordings. Several have been out of print for a number of years.
A 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Alpert’s albums have sold over 72 million copies, and 29 of his records have reached the Billboard 200. Herb has also dedicated his life to philanthropy, funding music education programs across the country. Through his personal foundation, Herb has helped establish music programs at UCLA and the California Institute of Arts. Both schools have named their programs the Herb Alpert School of Music in his honor. Alpert has also established the Herb Alpert Scholarships for Emerging Young Artists, which help provide tuition to twenty young musicians each year.