Love Finding Herb in a Dumpster
posted by May 20 at 13:38 PMon
Herb Alpert is playing two sold out shows at Jazz Alley tonight and tomorrow. It was a beautiful sunny day like today, probably 7 years ago, when I acquired my first Herb Alpert record. I was at a 2pm Saturday show at the old Paradox on University seeing Zao and a then unknown 3 Inches of Blood. The singer from one of the bands (I can’t remember which) excitedly informed the audience, “There’s a whole dumpster full of vinyl down the street behind the Safeway!” After the show several of us went to check it out, and sure enough, there was a dumpster, chained shut, filled top to bottom with thousands of records. The chains were loose on one corner, enough to grab a couple hundred old records and throw them in the back of my buddy’s car. Most of them were garbage, but among our stash I found this gem:
Those smooth horns, wafting Latin rhythms… it was, and still is the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer afternoon. Other than my son, Clarence, it remains the best thing I have ever found in a dumpster.