Lani Hall Featured in Pop/Jazz American Songbook Collection
Pictured (L-R) in session are (L-R) Lani Hall and Herb Alpert with mastering engineer Bernie Grundman. Photo by David Goggin.
Grammy-winning jazz great Herb Alpert has mastered his new album "Steppin' Out" at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Alpert was joined by his wife Lani Hall, who is featured on the album mastered by longtime friend Bernie Grundman. Grundman has worked with Alpert since the 60s, when he was a staff mastering engineer at A&M Studios before founding his own mastering facilities.
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 the Grammy-winning vocalist Lani Hall on several tracks.
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 video features an energetic and intricate dance routine choreographed by the Emmy award-winning team from So You Think You Can Dance, Napoleon & Tabitha D'umo.
The "Puttin' on the Ritz" video features musicians Lani Hall, Bill Cantos, Hussain Jiffry, Michael Shapiro and dancer Vincent Noiseux in one single seamless camera shot, without any edits, on a musical journey. Alpert makes a cameo as both a busdriver and a bartender. The video can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI0b2pCO4AI
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.
Also included is 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.
"Steppin Out" will be released as a CD by Shout! Factory on November 19.
The album is currently available on popular digital platforms.
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