The other Herb Alpert bargain bin classic, Keep Your Eye on Me is the trumpet legend’s ’80s comeback and essentially a Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis record. Feeling the need to revitalize his outdated trumpet jazz, Alpert made his way to Minneapolis to work with Jam & Lewis, the songwriting & production duo and ex-The Time members who produced Janet Jackson’s chart-topping 1986 album Control. A3 “Diamonds” and B3 “Making Love In The Rain” are the big hits of the bunch and both feature Janet Jackson on lead vocals. The music video for “Diamonds” hilariously features a DJ taking a bite out of Alpert’s last record and saying “doesn’t taste like a hit to me…” B1 “Pillow” is another highlight and is a slower tempo’d late-night jam featuring Alpert and his wife Lani Hall on vocals. For a deeper dive into the music and process of Jam & Lewis, we highly recommend checking out their Red Bull Music Academy lecture here.
Recommended – A3 Diamonds, B1 Pillow, B3 Making Love In The Rain
Tags: Bargain Bin / Electronic Jazz / Minneapolis Sound