Ostensibly, the personnel wasn't a primary consideration as Alpert and company had already begun making serious inroads on the pop music scene.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the A&M Records release of Whipped Cream and Other Delights by Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass.
The phenomenal success of Alpert's group born from a demo recording he produced in his garage sparked the start of a lifelong journey from bandleader and record producer to expressionist artist and philanthropist.
Herb and his wife, Lani Hall, greeted us without pomp and circumstance as we quickly realized that the Alpert's are simply warm and genuine people. In addition to Alpert's music studio (no longer housed in his makeshift garage) his home now includes his painting and sculpture studios, bursting with activity.
Observing his never-ending quest for self-expression was invigorating.
Alpert has led his life combining creativity with problem solving in a never-ending quest to find his own unique voice and to support others to find theirs.
Today his contributions to the arts are lauded by multi-million selling records, art installations at major museums and lifetime achievement awards celebrating his positive impact on the world.He clearly has no intention of slowing down even after reaching the age of 80 (with Alpert jokingly referring to 80 as the new 79).For over four decades, Alpert has pursued a second career as an expressionist artist, a passion he developed while frequenting museums during his years on the road.Herb Alpert's interview can be viewed at the NYU Steinhardt Jazz Channel on You Tube.Building upon South of the Border's (1964) Top Ten success, Herb Alpert dismissed the contingency of Los Angeles-based studio instrumental all-stars, which he had christened the Tijuana Brass.Because there was enough demand for live dates, just like a musical Gepetto, Alpert formed a real Tijuana Brass.