This is Tijuana music – the noisy Mexican-American voices in the narrow streets, the confusion of colour and motion – captured in the sound of the Tijuana Brass. Tijuana is a spectacle, a garish border town . . . but it is also sometimes a strangely wistful, romantic place, and that quality is represented here by the often haunting trumpet of Herb Alpert. The Lonely Bull started it all. Herb organized the Tijuana Brass to combine a persistent melody written by a friend with the inspiration of the Tijuana bullring. What emerged was a swinging musical collaboration, and a hit. And now this LP, and a chance to hear Tijuana again in all its aspects, played by trumpeter-arranger-composer Herb Alpert and the bright, bold, versatile Tijuana Brass.
Label: Stateside SL 10176