Brass for a brassy song

Here’s Herb Alpert performing “Santa Baby.” I have cordially disliked this song since the first time I heard it. I still dislike it when it’s sung, but this has a brassy Latin style that I like. It’s from Alpert’s brand-new Christmas album “The Christmas Wish,” just released this winter 49 years after his previous Christmas album. This time he’s got a 10-piece rhythm section and is also backed by a 45-piece orchestra, a choir and a good arranger, Chris Walden, who worked with Michael Buble on his Christmas record a few years ago.