Music Vol. 1 includes a variety of other covers, including standards such as "Unforgettable," "Cheek To Cheek" and "C'est Si Bon," a new version of the Tijuana Brass' "Flamingo" and a rendition of Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours." The set includes one original, "Sugarfoot."
"Jochem has this other-world type of concept for music and sounds," Alpert says of his collaborator. "He'd come up with some rhythm ideas and I'd go through my book of songs and maybe play seven or eight different songs on a particular groove until I hit one that would work, and then we'd explore it and it worked out." Alpert says he expects to release at least two more volumes of Music albums, using some songs he and van der Saag worked on but didn't include on this album. "I'm getting up there, man. I've got to get these volumes out while I can," Alpert says with a laugh.
Music Vol. 1 comes on the 55th anniversary year of Alpert's first artist release, The Lonely Bull, and despite getting up there it's also his sixth album of the decade -- more prolific than many artists a fraction of his age.
"Y'know, I'm passionate about the whole thing," Alpert says. "I love the process; I mean, this is what I do. I wake up in the morning excited about either recording or sculpting or painting. My excitement has accelerated over the years. I'm getting more out of the trumpet with less effort. I'm just having a good time doing it, so I'm a lucky guy in that respect."