Herb Alpert – Fandango (1982/2015) [AcousticSounds FLAC 24bit/88,2kHz]

Herb Alpert – Fandango (1982/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz  | Time – 42:43 minutes | 796 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Herb Alpert Presents

Digitally remastered edition of this 1982 album from the Jazz/Pop icon. After a meteoric rise to fame as the leader of the Tijuana Brass, one of the most successful groups of the ’60s, Herb Alpert focused on running A&M Records, the indie powerhouse he had founded with partner Jerry Moss. His second artistic journey began with the release of Rise, which climbed to #1 on the Billboard chart. His acclaimed album, Fandango, found Alpert returning to Mexican and Latin American sounds and rhythms, but with a modern sound. The result was one of the most acclaimed albums of his career, remaining on the Billboard Top Albums chart for half a year, and featuring the Top 40 hit ‘Route 101.’

Challenged and fired up by some new Mexican colleagues, Herb Alpert set out to make a record specifically for the Latin American market and ended up producing a masterpiece — the equal of the best Tijuana Brass albums, and in some ways maybe better than any of them. Fandango has a more authentically Latin American sound than the cosmopolitan TJB records, using rhythms from Mexico to South America, adding a coating of strings or synthesizers and Alpert’s soaring trumpets. More importantly, with the help of co-producer Jose Quintana, Alpert lined up some incredibly beautiful material from then-little-known writers like Juan Carlos Calderon, Diego Verdaguer and Roberto Carlos. Some of these tracks are spine-chilling in their emotional pull and uncanny sense of structure; Alpert the master of the studio working at his peak. Alpert’s magnificent renderings of Calderon’s high-flying “Route 101” (a Top 40 hit single) and aching “Margarita” are perfect records; you wouldn’t want to change a note. He also has a ball with Verdaguer’s driving “Coco Loco,” and the concluding track is a fast-moving medley of Latin American hits starting with Mexico’s “Frenesi” and rambling through Brazil’s “Bahia” and Spain’s “Moliendo Cafe” before riding off with the irresistible Venezuelan “Porompompero.” As much as one hates to limit the horizons of an adventurous musician like Herb Alpert, one must admit that Latin influences inspire his best work — and whether working in a Latin framework or not, he has yet to equal this CD. ~~ AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

01 – Fandango
02 – Margarita
03 – Push And Pull
04 – California Blues
05 – Quiereme Tal Como Soy
06 – Route 101
07 – Coco Loco
08 – Aria
09 – Angel
10 – Sugarloaf
11 – Latin Medley: Frenesi / Bahia / Moliendo Cafre / Porompompero