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The Legendary Trumpet Virtuosity of Rafael Méndez Volume I
Rafael Mendez, Leroy Anderson, Vittorio Monti
The Legendary Trumpet Virtuosity of Rafael Méndez Volume I
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, Classical
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Supurb Virtuoso
R. Oaks | Gold Canyon, AZ USA | 01/09/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a youth I had the wonderful opportunity to play in an orchestra which provided the accompaniment for several of Mr. Mendez's concets. I have never been in such awe of anyone before or since. There are no words to describe the command he has over the trumptet. There never has been anyone who even approaches his expertise and his virtuosity is timeless. The selections on this CD are many of the best he ever recorded and display his incredible ability in every style...every range. If you are not familiar with Mr. Mendez, this CD will make a believer out of you. You will be amazed at what a trumpet is capable of producing. I can't say enough about this incredible man's incredible talent. I don't know of any musician, trumpet or otherwise, who has the complete mastery of his instrument that Mr. Mendez does. NOTE: This recording was remastered and unfortunately, not very well. It is tinny and very "mono" sounding. Thus the 4 stars."
Masterful Trumpet Virtuoso
Daniel G. Berk | West Bloomfield, Michigan | 04/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The name Rafael Mendez is synonymous with trumpet virtuosity, and this CD provides ample evidence as to why. The clarity and technique of the performances are astounding and constitute a must-hear CD.The one down side is that these were originally 78 rpm recordings from the 40's and 50's, and, as such, the sound quality leaves something to be desired. But don't be put off by that. The greatness of the performances still comes through."
A Real Virtuoso
JetTone12 | 07/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a musician myself, and after hearing the musicality and amazing technique of this artist, I wanted to switch to trumpet! The pieces that he chose for the album are fun and show a variety of emotions. The Virgin of the Macreana is my's full of energy! Of course everyone loves the Flight of the Bumble Bee... always a good old standby... along with Mexican Hat Dance, Tico Tico and Dark Eyes. This is a great album for anyone who loves to listen to trumpet, who loves to play trumpet, or for anyone who wants to hear one of the best musicians of all times!"