Herb Alpert's next album, Music, Vol. 1, to be released July 28, will feature two Beatles covers. The first one, a version of "Michelle," has been just made available as a single purchase and also as an advance track for those who purchase the full album digitally. You can hear it in the video on this page. The song has the familiar “Michelle” melody played by Alpert's famous trumpet sound intertwined with a jazz groove and strings. The other Beatles cover on the album is a version of John Lennon's solo hit "Imagine." Other tracks on the album include “Witchcraft,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “C'est Si Bon” and “Strike Up the Band.”
Alpert told Billboard.com in an interview he thinks he might have been able to sign the Beatles to his A&M Records label and regrets not doing more about it. "When people ask me, 'Do you regret anything,' I was thinking, man, in 1962, after A&M (Records) started, the Beatles were hunting for a record company. They were on Vee Jay for a while and I guess nobody really was coming to the party. I was thinking, 'Man, if I had flown over to London just to see if we could do something...' but the timing was off. I didn't get them at that moment. In retrospect you think, 'Man, they were available...'"
He says the new version of "Michelle" happened almost by accident. "We were just kicking around some rhythm ideas, and all of a sudden he came up with this groove that just really touched me, and I started playing 'Michelle' over the groove and that started the process."
Alpert will be playing all across the country from now through the end of the year. His upcoming shows:
July 6 – San Diego, CA - Bayside Summer Series w/ San Diego Symphony
July 7 – Newport Beach, CA - Newport Jazz at Hyatt
July 27- Spokane, WA - Mark Woldson Fox Theatre
July 29 – Woodinville, WA - St. Michelle Festival
July 30 - Walla Walla, WA - Gesa Powerhouse Theatre/Winery
Aug. 26 - Laguna Beach, CA - Laguna Beach City Festival (Pagent of the Masters)
Sept. 5 - 16 – New York, NY - Cafe Carlyle (no shows on Sunday & Monday)
Oct. 22 - Malibu, CA - Smothers Theatre
Nov. 3 - Cerritos, CA - Cerritos Performing Arts Center
Dec. 14-17 – Honolulu, HI - Blue Note