Following the announcement of both a career spanning boxed set and a new documentary out this fall, today Herb Alpert has released a new single, his take on the great American classic, “Smile.” The music was originally composed by Charlie Chaplin and later made famous by Nat King Cole. Here, Alpert has brought his signature sound – hopeful and happy to both the song and its stunning companion video directed by Clark Jackson (Lana Del Ray, Lady Gaga, Miguel). “I wanted to create something optimistic and uplifting that acknowledged the current times that we are in and more importantly, that we will all get through this together and be stronger,” said Alpert.
On October 1st the documentary Herb Alpert Is… will have its world premiere. The global event will take place via Facebook LIVE and will feature a Q&A with Herb Alpert and director John Scheinfeld moderated by the Grammy Museum’s Artistic Director Scott Goldman immediately following. October 2nd the film will be available via a nationwide virtual cinema release and globally on demand through Amazon, iTunes and other video-on-demand providers. The film will also be available on Blu-Ray and DVD via Amazon. A companion box set of the same name. Herb Alpert Is… will also be available on October 2nd, digitally, in LP format featuring a coffee table book and a five-piece 180 gram vinyl set, and on CD as a 3-disc set. Both physical formats will feature 63 songs spanning 5 decades, 180 pages of vintage photos, liner notes and an essay from music journalist Bud Scoppa.
One of the most accomplished artists in the music industry, Alpert has sold over 72 million records and co-founded A&M Records, one of the most successful independent music labels in history and home to such artists as Janet Jackson, The Police, Cat Stevens and Peter Frampton. Herb Alpert Is… celebrates the life and work of Herb Alpert and the impact he has had on American culture. His latest album, Over the Rainbow was released in October 2019 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Jazz and Contemporary Jazz album charts.