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Earl Klugh "More And More Amor"

Discussion in 'The Beat of The Brass: Herb Alpert/Tijuana Brass' started by AM Matt, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. AM Matt

    AM Matt Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    Here is Earl Klugh doing the remake of the 1965 Herb Alpert's "More And More Amor" (from 2013 "Hand Picked"): Matt Clark Sanford, MI
  2. Bobberman

    Bobberman Well-Known Member

    I missed this one I have most of Earl Klughs discography I love this it reminds me of Wes Montgomery s version except solo acoustic
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  3. Nathan Strum

    Nathan Strum Active Member

    That's nice. :phones:
  4. jazzdre

    jazzdre Active Member

    I honestly believe that this is more of Earl's tribute to Wes Montgomery than that to Herb. Coincidentally, the album that Wes recorded, the CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' album had a few of the Brass' tunes on it, not only More,More Amor but also Winds Of Barcelona, Green Peppers, and the standard that Herb previously recorded,South Of The Border. I've always believed that this album was used as a selling point by Creed Taylor to get not only Wes on A&M, but so Creed could get his own label(CTI) on A&M as well.

    But back to Earl: I've always viewed(and I hope this doesn't get me into trouble with his fans!) him as a "musak-cian";meaning I'd put him in the same category as guys like Richard Clayderman,Tony Mottola,Peter Nero, Ray Conniff-well, you get the picture. His music is usually lush, awash with strings, and smooth keyboards, and light percussion and occasional vocals, and it's real pretty, but it's music you use to unwind after a hard day, or music that you would hear in the elevator or a doctor's or dentist's office.(and I've HEARD his music in these settings!) I hate to sound like a critic, but to be honest, Earl's music isn't really challenging. It's light, and fluffy and soothing, but ultimately it's predictable. And lest you all think I'm hating on him(like we say here in Brooklyn),I DO like his music! I like it for a lot of reasons I've stated here:calming,soothing, relaxing.

    Also, Earl has admitted in interviews that I've read that he considers himself more of a POP musician than a jazz musician! He said in one interview that he knew only about fifty standards(well, I believe that's more than what the average "smooth jazz" musician knows!)and also(now this is what he said) the term "jazz musician" is easily hung on a black musician. So he says that pop musician is a better title for him, because his playing encompasses all types of styles. My favorite Klugh tunes are "Living Inside Your Love","Back In Central Park",his version of "Pretty World", and his version of "The Shadow Of Your Smile".

    I believe that the Captain would agree with my assessment of Earl's music(hey,where is the Captain these days? Miss him here on the forum!)

    Regards and smiles,

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