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The World's Greatest Trumpet Player of his time!

I am thrilled to find this album on iTunes! While the recording technology of the music could be better, the musicianship could not. These are the sounds of a trumpet master. Each generation has a limited number of trumpet players who are role models. Rafael Mendez was that role model for my generation. I must express my thanks. In the late 50's Rafael Mendez traveled to the small town of Mt. Shasta, California, to help out a pretty hot high school band with a fund raiser (uniforms). We found Mr. Mendez a man of good humor and, like our director a demanding but kind task master with high standards and expectations. No prima donna here; Mendez made a special point of reinforcing the teachings of our director. Opening night came and what a thrill it was to perform with "The World's Greatest Trumpet Player." Truly a once in a lifetime experience! Whether you feel this review helpful or not, I can guarantee that If you take time to listen to this man's virtuosity, you will find your money well spent!

If only I had half his talent

If you call yourself a trumpet player and do not own this album then just put your horn down and walk away from it ;-) Seriously another fantastic example of Rafael's fantastic skill. Flight of the Bumblebee is unreal.

Greatest Player Ever

I have heard so many times that trumpet players have gotten exceedingly better over the past 50 years. Rafael Mendez is proof that this is not the case. I truely believe that he is the greatest trumpet player to have ever lived.


Born: March 26, 1906 in Jiquilpan, Michoacan, Mexico

Genre: Easy Listening

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Known as the "Heifetz of the Trumpet," Rafael Méndez was one of 15 children in his family. His father, Maximino, conducted a family orchestra in which Rafael played cornet. Emigrating to the United States at the age of 20, Méndez settled in Detroit. By day, he worked in an automobile factory and by night, would play with local bands and orchestras. He was unable to play after being hit in the face by a swinging door while at the the Fox Theatre in 1932. Méndez returned to Mexico, where his father...
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