Regina Weinreich: Herb Alpert's Déjà-Vu at the Café Carlyle
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
If "This Guy's in Love with You" means anything, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall's show at the Café Carlyle offers, in Alpert's words, "music that is very déjà-vu." Performing several decades worth of their hits and American songbook classics like "Close to You," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Let's Face the Music and Dance," this couple of 39 years, go through their signature repertoire sprinkled with anecdotes and back story, backed by a first-rate band: Bill Cantos on piano, Hussain Jiffry on bass, and Michael Shapiro on drums. And because the Carlyle is such an intimate room -(I enjoyed seeing it on this week's episode of Girls) -- Alpert likes to kibitz with the audience, asking for questions -- this is the ultimate in interactive, with one caveat, no requests. But that didn't stop first-nighters, including Regis and Joy Philbin and producer Tommy LiPuma and a fan all the way from Korea among them, from shouting out favorites anyway. "Rise," yelled one enthusiast, and they did.
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