This past July, Vlado Meller teamed with legendary trumpet player Herb Alpert to master his new album
Music Vol. 1, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. Now, it’s only fitting that the
two join forces again for The Christmas Wish, Alpert’s first holiday album in nearly 50 years, which was
released on September 29th.
Featuring Alpert’s take on holiday standards such as “Santa Baby,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Winter
Wonderland,” and "Silent Night” with backing from a full symphony and choir, The Christmas Wish was painstakingly mastered by none other than Meller himself. It’s Alpert’s first holiday album since 1968’s
classic Christmas Album, recently named to MOJO’s list of the Top 15 Christmas Albums of All Time.
“Vlado has a very musical and sensitive touch as a mastering engineer,” said Alpert, who has been on a
prolific run of releases with The Christmas Wish marking his second album of 2017 and sixth in five
years. The album was mixed by Jochem van der Saag, who also mixed Music Vol. 1.
“Herb is an incredible talent, and I’m honored to work with him again on this release,” said Meller. “His
trumpet is unlike anyone else’s, and it’s been a pleasure ensuring that it sounds as good on record as it
does in person.”
For more information on Herb Alpert and The Christmas Wish, please visit www.herbalpert.com.
Congratulations to Charleston, SC artist Estee on the release of her latest single “Blind” (available now on iTunes and Apple Music). “Blind” is the second single she has mastered with Vlado Meller, following the release of her previous single “Down”. We at Vlado Meller Mastering wish her much and continued success with the release of this single!
Herb Alpert is one of music’s most legendary trumpet players, with five #1 hits, nine Grammys, and over 72 million records sold. So working with one of music’s most legendary mastering engineers was a no-brainer.
Alpert’s latest studio album Music Vol. 1 is released today via Herb Alpert Presents and was carefully mastered by none other than Vlado Meller. The album includes a brand new, funk-infused Alpert composition, “Sugarfoot”; a fresh take on “Flamingo,” a song he originally recorded in 1966; the Django Reinhardt-influenced “C’est Si Bon”; as well as covers of classics from The Beatles (“Michelle”) and John Lennon (“Imagine”).
On working with Meller, Alpert said “Vlado has a very musical and sensitive touch as a mastering engineer,” and co-producer/mixer Jochem van der Saag (who has also worked with the likes of Andrea Bocelli and Mary J. Blige) said, “Just right is the only way – thank you Vlado for your awesome magic!”
“It was an honor to work with a music legend of Herb’s stature on a project of such diverse and interesting songs, and it’s rewarding to know how happy he is with the final project,” Meller said.
Tauren Wells was riding high as the frontman for pop-rock band Royal Tailor, one of the most popular Christian groups of the last decade, when he felt a calling to shift gears.
“It’s easy to step away from things when they’re going poorly, but more difficult to step away when things are going well,” Wells said. “My family was growing and I was really plugged into my local church, and God was leading me to step away from the band dynamic.”
So Wells decided to make a big change and go solo, releasing the Undefeated EP in 2016, leading to his first full-length solo album, Hills and Valleys, an R&B and funk-infused tour de force out now on Reunion Records.
“The album is very diverse, no two tracks sound the same,” Wells said. “I pride myself in that because so many people are just downloading the singles they want, but I like the listener being able to go through all the tracks and hear something different both message-wise and stylistically in the music. I’m proud of it.”
When it came time to finish the record, Wells turned to the mastering ace who had previously worked with Royal Tailor.
“It wasn’t even a point of conversation, my executive producer Jason McArthur and I were just like ‘it’s Vlado,'” Wells said. “The album really opened up when Vlado put his touch on it. He just has such a great way of doing what he does and every time that I’ve worked with him and heard his work, it’s just stellar. Everything is hitting on every level sonically – the lows are warm, the tones are rich. He’s that dude for me.”
Meller had similarly kind words to say on the talent and professionalism of Wells.
“Tauren and Jason McArthur did a wonderful job making this album sound great, and I greatly enjoyed mastering it. I congratulate Tauren on a very successful transition from Royal Tailor to a solo career and look forward to hearing what he has in store for the future.”