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Herb Alpert: In the Mood

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Among the 14 selections that fill Herb Alpert’s latest, his 38th career album, the Glenn Miller-associated title tune is not included. Which begs an obvious question: In the mood for what? Love? Nostalgia? Patriotism? The correct answer is all of the above.

Alpert opens with another Miller anthem, “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” reimagining the breezy big-band number as a slice of electronica-fueled smooth jazz, loops courtesy of nephew Randy “Badazz” Alpert. From there the trumpeter travels all over the musical map, from a caffeinated “Blue Moon” to a twilit “Begin the Beguine,” and from a richly textured “Spanish Harlem” to a spare, dreamy “When Sunny Gets Blue” elegantly arranged by Eduardo del Barrio. Along the way, there’s a double nod to the Everly Brothers with tender treatments of “Let It Be Me” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream.”

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