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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 8:43 pm    Post subject: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MENDEZ SOLOS? Reply with quote

OK, guys.....chime in.

What are your favorite 5-6 Mendez solos as recorded by Mendez?

Here are mine, in no particular order:

Dance Polovtsienne
Dance of the Comedians
Moto Perpetuo
Estrelita
Scherzo in D Minor
Romanza
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haydn
Moto Perpetuo
Aria from Pagliacci (Vesti La Giubba)
El Gitano
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like:

Moto Perpetuo
Jota
Flight of the Bumblebee (favorite recording of this - sounds so real!)
Hora Staccato
And that Mexican Hat Song thing ... not sure of the title though.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

La Virgen De La Macarena (spelling?)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 25, 2004 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All of them, but if I have to pick, here are the special favorites.
Moto Perpetuo
Aires Andaluces
Fandango (Jota #3)
Malaguena
The Lightning Trumpet
The Girl from Chihuahua (Trio)
Andaluza

I would like to thank all the posters on the Mendez forum for keeping the forum in the spirit in which it was started - sharing memories of the great player and equally great human being, Raphael Mendez. Bravo!
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a gas!!

Just flipping through the forums, and here's an entire forum dedicated to the greatest legit player of all time, IMOHO.

While I can't think of a single bad recording, the one that stands out above all others to me is 'One Fine Day' from Madame Butterfly. When you hear Mendez do one of those mad crazy 32nd note triple tongued 40 measure runs, you know this is just insane technique. When he does a ballad, such as OFD, it is easy to under appreciate the amount of skill that goes into it. I have heard this same song played for over 30 years, and it still amazes me.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm.....
Malaguena
moto perpetuo
Hyden
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
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 03, 2004 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fuzzyjon79 wrote:
La Virgen De La Macarena (spelling?)


YOU NAILED IT! That is THE song that has driven me to practice since 6th grade. When I feel down, i pop it in and everything goes away. that and GReen Hornet but mendez doesn't play it that i know of.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 02, 2004 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did nobody mention "Tico, Tico"??
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2004 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

La Rosita...

Fun fun song.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:23 pm    Post subject: Favorite Mendez Solos Reply with quote

1) La Virgen de la Macarena (The first solo I ever heard him play which made me an instant admirer)
2) Moto Perpetuo
3) Bambuco
4) La Boda de Luis Alonso
5) Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet
6) Everything else he ever recorded
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The album Trumpet Extraordinary has three of my favorites back-to-back:
1. Dark Eyes,
2. Hora Staccato, and
3. Valse Bluette

The rest of the album's selections are all top notch.

This is the album on which his sons Ralph and Robert join in on several cuts.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of you may be interested in an album I just recorded as a tribute to Mendez. I play numerous Mendez solos with piano that he never recorded, as well as TICO-TICO, DANCE OF THE HOURS, JOTA NO. 2, ROMANZA, and others.

Recorded at the home studio of Arturo Sandoval, I recorded duets with Arturo on LA VIRGEN DE LA MACARENA, ZIGEUNERWISEN, and HABANERA, plus he plays percussion on some other tunes with me.

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!

The album will be release by Summit Records in February, but I may have copies for sale in November. We have now finished editing, and mastering is next week. It is a way to hear some great players plus eleven first recordings. Twenty-two tracks total.

My gratitude to Arturo and Marianela for hosting my wife Miriam and I for a few days earlier this month. They have a beautiful home in Hidden Hills (Los Angeles) on three acres. It is a time we will always treasure.

Dave Hickman
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lightning Trumpet for 6 trumpets!??!!?
Now that is something I must hear and have.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, Mendez recorded it as a solo, but made a version for three trumpet and orchestra. According to Bob Mendez, the trio version was never performed. I took that version and incorporated some of the orchestral accompaniment into the other trumpet parts, plus made a piano reduction.

It was technically very challenging because all of us played the fast runs in unison.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2011 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a must have, will check your website for availability.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My personal favorites are Scherzo in D and Moto Perpetuo. I can't wait for this CD to be released! Seriously, what a dream team for a recording!
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 4:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flight of the Bumblebee
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:21 am    Post subject: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MENDEZ SOLOS? Reply with quote

I always thought Dance of the Comedians was one of his best. It showcased his tremendous technique, his lyrical side, and (of course) that excitement he brought to his playing that few have matched.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

La Virgen de la Macarena

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(Flight of the Bumble Bee)
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