Mendez trios such as THE BRAVE MATADOR, JUMPING BEAN, ESPANA CANI, TRE-MENDEZ POLKA, GALLITO, and KIKO are plyed in combinations with me, Arturo, Wayne Bergeron, Jim Wilt, Robert Karon, and Jens Lindemann. What a blast we had when Bob Mendez dropped by to listen to some of he sessions. We conclude the CD with my arrangement of THE LIGHTNING TRUMPET for six trumpets and piano, a wild ride with double Cs and higher!
Sounds like an excellent CD Prof. Hickman although I am a bit surprised you weren't able to talk Malcolm McNab into playing. He does seem to be quite the Mendez fan.
for some reason, I like his Trumpeters Lullaby... had to listen to it alot cause I did it for concert and used his cadenza
La Cucaracha lol the mexican hat dance thingy
carnival of venise.. I love his recording
I was not aware R. Mendez recorded Carnival of Venice. What album?
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Posted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:18 pm Post subject: Favorite Rafael Mendez Recordings
How could I select a favorite?!
His "I Know that You Know" is an incredible display of his jazz technique.
His early recording of "La Virgin de la Macarena" is blindingly fast. His 1964 (Mendez in Mardrid) reveals a true artist with complete mastery of the horn. And "Danny Boy" will bring tears to your eyes. It's so emotional.
But I've been looking for his recording of "Carnival of Venice" -- he did one recording for -- was it Coast, Dr. Hickman? He did play it in many of his concerts.
Dr. Hickman, where can we find a recording of Ralph's "Carnival of Venice?" _________________ "Practice, practice, practice...until the neighbors complain!" - R. Mendez
Conn 2B New World Symphony (1928), Frank Holton 25 Cornet (1940); Courtois Grand Siecle C (1973),Holton 23 D (1962); Olds Flugelhorn (1962) Curry 7DE and 7P mouthpieces
Flight of the Bumblebee
Tre Mendez Polka
Mexican Hat Dance
La Virgin de Macarena _________________ YTR-6310Z
Bach and Kelly 1 1/2Cs, Curry 1.5TF for trumpets
Yamaha 14E for cornet
Yamaha 14F4 for Flugelhorn
Bach 6 1/2AL and Yamaha 45A for Trombone
Mendez never recorded Carnival of Venice for an album, but he played the Clarke arrangement's finale variation with one finger as an encore many times. I only have one concert recording where he plays this. It is very impressive and clean. That concert (from 1952) also included several solos (Tico-Tico, Czardas, Chiapanecas, Hejre Kati, Mexican Hat Dance) with the Arizona State College (now Arizona State University) Symphonic Band conducted by Harold Hines.
If anyone is interested is getting a CD copy of this recording (all of the solos plus encore), please PM me.
_________________ 1963 Martin Committee #3
1962 Martin Committee Cornet #3
1961 Martin Custom Committee C
1941 Martin HC Committee #2
1945 Martin Committee #2
1942 Martin HC Committee Cornet
1941 Martin IBICO Indiana
2012 Kanstul 1525 SLB
1977 Olds CT Flugel
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