I Feel You

I Feel You

by Lani HallLani Hall


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Trumpeter Herb Alpert and vocalist and wife Lani Hall teamed as a duo for the critically acclaimed live recording Anything Goes in 2009. I Feel You is the studio follow-up to that fine recording, and the contrasts between the two are marked. While the former album reflected new takes on the jazz canon, this one delves into rock, pop, jazz, and Brazilian tunes and interprets them with a contemporary international feel, without leaving jazz behind. Backed by their touring group -- pianist/keyboardist Bill Cantos, drummer/percussionist Michael Shapiro, and bassist Hussain Jiffry -- Alpert and Hall commence with a reading of Van Morrison's "Moondance" that is as influenced by Arabic modalism as it is the nocturnal bop-noir inherent in its melody. Led by a fretless bassline and shakers, Alpert runs through the lyric on muted trumpet. The pair begins singing together, over a minute in as the piano enters the fray and shakers are complemented by hand drums. "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is a showcase for Hall's trademark phrasing and Alpert's jazz-wise improvisation on a Caribbean-based rhythm. It's languid, lovely, and, in its gentle way, it pops thanks to the rhythm section. Other highlights here include the Brazilian-flavored tunes: "There Will Never Be Another You" (even with Alpert's reedy vocals), "Berimbau," "The Corner (Clube' de Esquina)," and "Viola." Hall's vocals -- which are still in top form -- and Alpert's playing complement one another symbiotically (especially on the latter tune). The reading of "Here Comes the Sun" is radical. It's double-timed by Shapiro's snare and painted by Cantos' Rhodes piano with an alternate melody played by Jiffry's electric bass while Alpert and Hall hold down the original melody (trumpet and vocal) in the quiet storm. Likewise, "Blackbird" is performed as a funky modern jazz number with smooth samba overtones. The African drumming on "What Now My Love," with Alpert's clipped (and slightly reverbed) phrasing on the melody transforms the tune. The reading of "Call Me" (which he produced for Chris Montez in 1965) is reinvented here as a lithe, syncopated romantic groover. Less successful is "Fever," because its center isn't in the vocal or trumpet but in the rhythm section's interplay. That quibble aside, I Feel You is an excellent contemporary jazz recording by a veteran duo whose intuition is nearly flawless.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2016
Label: Herb Alpert Presents
UPC: 0814647021522
catalogNumber: 702152
Rank: 26767

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lani Hall   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herb Alpert   Trumpet,Vocals
Bill Cantos   Organ,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Strings,Electro-Acoustic Piano
Hussain Jiffry   Background Vocals,Fretless Bass Guitar
Michael Shapiro   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Kalimba,Loops

Technical Credits

Edú Lobo   Composer
Milton Nascimento   Composer
Herb Alpert   Arranger,Producer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Vinícius de Moraes   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Gilbert Bécaud   Composer
Lani Hall   Arranger,Producer
Mike Harrison   Engineer
Billy Barnes   Composer
Bill Cantos   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pierre Delanoë   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Tony Hatch   Composer
Hussain Jiffry   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Van Morrison   Composer
Michael Shapiro   Arranger,Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
John Davenport   Composer
Eddie Cooley   Composer
Borges   Composer
Márcio Borges   Composer
Jose Carlos Capinam   Composer
David Kemp   Producer
Carel Werber   Composer
Eddie J. Cooley   Composer
Benjamin McAllister   Artwork
Baden Powell De Aquino   Composer
Andreas Neumann   Art Direction

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