Picks and Pans Review: Under a Spanish Moon

updated 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/24/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Herb Alpert

Like the old joke about 900-lb. gorillas being able to sit anywhere they want, this album is a variation on the theme of might makes right: If you own the record company, you can get out your trumpet every once in a while, toot around for a few minutes and sell the results for $8.95. This record includes versions of Keith Jarrett's My Song and Sting's Fragile, as well as a three-movement suite by Argentinian composer Jorgé del Barrio, but everything is rendered in a formless, noodling fashion. And unlike Alpert's 1987 album, Keep Your Eye on Me, this one doesn't even have Janet Jackson's vocals to break up the monotony. While the frothy mid-'60s hits that made Alpert's career—such cuts as Casino Royale and The Happening—may not have been profound, they had an infectious quality. Anyone who is in a whistle-along mood, however, would have better luck accompanying a toaster than they would this record. (A & M)

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