The Rise album was conceived for two reasons: to explore the musical capabilities of a new synthesizer recently added to Alpert's A&M Records studios; and to capitalize on the unexpected success of his single "Rise" on both charts and in dance clubs.
Alpert decided to construct Rise with one side consisting of originals, composed by him and his fellow writers; and another side consisting of cover versions of songs he admired. All songs featured Alpert in the lead on trumpet, but many fellow musicians helped him bring the songs to fruition in the studio.
Side One included the famous title track, plus "1980," an instrumental theme which NBC Sports executive Don Ohlmeyer had commissioned for the network's planned coverage of the Summer Olympics in Moscow. Side Two included a version of the Bill Withers song "Love Is" featuring Alpert's vocals, as well as a disco rendition of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Aranjuez" classical composition.
The album eventually peaked at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, and at #6 on both the Billboard 200 and R&B Album charts.
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