Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: Royal Albert Hall, London

SEVENTY minutes of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass captivated a capacity 7,000 audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Friday. Herb and his superb six-man outfit gave a display of controlled musicianship in a long, though never unswinging concert.

It’s hard to fault the musical content of the group, though Herb’s lower register work was prone to fluffs on some of the slower numbers. He also leaves most of the high register horn work to his fine second trumpet Tonni Kalash who combines excellent range with a perfect sense of timing.

Perhaps it was the venue but I thought this concert slightly below the standard of the Hammersmith concert earlier this year. Still, even a slightly inferior Herb Alpert concert is musically way ahead of most other groups that operate in the pop field.

© Alan WalshMelody Maker, 15 October 1966

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