Herb Alpert & Lani Hall at the Triple Door

A friend asked me, "want to see Herb Alpert?" and I said sure, not realizing he was serious. Herb Alpert and Lani Hall were playing with their band at the Triple Door and he had an extra ticket. The place was filled with enthusiastic old-timers for the most part, though I did notice a few younger folks. Alpert himself is in his eighties but he and his wife and longtime music collaborator Lani Hall are still having fun performing. We all know their old hits and they played a number of them in medleys complete with video montages celebrating their love and career, but they have a lot of other material, because rather than coasting on those hits they have never stopped producing. Alpert won a grammy as recently as 2014 it turns out. They gave the audience the old tunes they wanted, but woven through newer material, jazzy improvisations and songs that Lani wanted to sing. They put on on a fun show. I liked the six-string instrument the bass player used — he could play higher up its range like it was a rythm guitar, filling the roles of two players.

Lani Hall and Herb Alpert

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