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Herb Alpert at Cafe Carlyle thru March 10th!

March 1, 2012

A recipe for a smooth and intoxicating refresher: To a generous dash of Tijuana Brass, add a blast of Brasil and splashes of Broadway. That’s what Herb Alpert and his wife, singer Lani Hall, are serving in their debut residence at Cafe Carlyle.

He’s the legendary trumpeter, A&M Records mogul and music-ed philanthropist. She’s the fluid original voice of “Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66.” Both have made music for five decades. Married 38 years, they’re seasoned pros and so cool they’re hot in this nearly 90-minute show whose vibe is dialed to Keep It Casual.

The show samples the American and Latin standards “Fever” and “Besame Mucho” as well as the Burt Bacharach-Hal David classic “The Look of Love,” which Alpert covered in the ’60s film “Casino Royale.”
The duo’s deep affection for theater greats Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and Cole Porter was revealed with tight, spirited takes on “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” and “Anything Goes.”
A short medley of Tijuana Brass hits like “Whipped Cream” and “A Taste of Honey” are also on the menu, as well as the stories behind the songs. “Tijuana Taxi” was written after a wild cab ride to a bullfight.

Accompanied by an ace trio — pianist Bill Cantos, bassist Hussain Jiffry and drummer Michael Shapiro — Alpert closes with a quirky mashup of “Laura” and “If I Were a Rich Man.” How’s that for brass?

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