Herb Alpert: Lollipops and Roses


Lollipops and Roses


Herb Alpert (trumpet)


Whipped Cream & Other Delights (Shout! Factory 32868)

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Herb Alpert (trumpet),

Bob Edmondson (trombone), Russell Bridges aka Leon Russell (piano), John Pisano (guitar), Pat Senatore (bass), Hal Blaine (drums)


Composed by Tony Velona


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, April 1965


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass borrowed many elements from classic jazz recordings and fused them with strident, military-style marching music. What set them apart from the pack was candy-coated packaging for quick consumption. "Lollipops and Roses" is no exception to the rule. Alpert's version is nothing like the Jack Jones hit it is based on, but does benefit from a tight, complementary orchestral arrangement, quick pacing, and a short running time, all of which have an effect on listeners long after its two minutes are up.

If you are unfamiliar with Jones's version, it compares to the Hallmark-card romanticism of Dean Martin. Alpert's workmanlike interpretation was used as theme music for The Dating Game, and appropriately sounds like a sign of the times. Resembling much of the TJB's other output from the same era, it features chorused horns reiterating the melody and a rhythm section that grooves in a simple and pleasant pop-oriented way. Unlike most of the jazz recorded back then, there isn't any soloing. However, the concise, condensed presentation is the proper outlet for music that found most of its exposure on television and in films.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary


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