Yeah, Herb Alpert is my favorite musician alive, but I was never a fan of the trumpet. Had Alpert played comparable music on the trombone, the saxophone, the clarinet, or the flute, I think I would have liked it just as much. I just feel that with the TJB (and - to a lesser extent - in his "Rise" era) HA somehow hit upon the right sound, not only with the trumpet but with the backing instruments as well. Of course, some of the musicians with whom he worked deserve some of the credit too.So this makes me think that I probably appreciate Herb's music more for his arranging, his choice of tunes and instrumentation, and the overall sound/feel of the records, than for his trumpet playing. I never thought of it that way before. I guess I like "Herb Alpert music" more than I like "trumpet music" in general.