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." 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.
In September, Herb also re-released 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.
1. Human Nature
2. Shake It
5. Look Up Again
7. Don't Go Breaking My Heart
8. Mystery Man
Sept 4 - Santa Monica, CA - Moss Theater
Oct 14 - Madison, WI - Stoughton Opera House
Oct 15 - Glen Ellyn, IL - Mcaninch Center
Oct 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
Nov 5 - Palm Desert, CA - McCallum Theater for the Performing Arts