Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass and Other Delights, BBC Four (The Arts Desk)

Alpert’s musical pedigree proved an asset when he moved into his Record Mogul phase, and Sting (who signed to A&M with The Police) described how having a successful artist who was prepared to pop into the recording studio to have a chat about your work-in-progress was a vast improvement over hooking up with some cloth-eared corporation who couldn’t remember signing you in the first place. Others evidently agreed, and as well as cleaning up with The Police, A&M racked up a swathe of hits from the likes of Peter Frampton, Supertramp, The Carpenters and Janet Jackson. Alpert demonstrated that he hadn’t abandoned his own artistic ambitions with his 1979 album Rise, an amazingly assured and successful foray into synthesized dance music.

via Herb Alpert, Tijuana Brass and Other Delights, BBC Four – The Arts Desk – Arts Reviews, Features and News.

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