The Japanese seem to be a loyal audience.
– Herb Alpert
This was during a period when I was producing Brazil ’66 records and got infected by Brazilian music.
The trumpet was not a lyrical singing instrument.
I don’t think radio is selling records like they used to. They’d hawk the song and hawk the artist and you’d get so excited, you’d stop your car and go into the nearest record store.
I find that it’s nice to work with somebody and spin off on someone else’s feelings. You get a little jaded by yourself.
When I finish an album and I find myself listening to it in the car, because it makes me feel a certain way, that’s the time to try to let other people know about it.
He has a method that likens the musician to an athlete, so I do physical exercises designed to keep a musician in shape in order to perform the function, which is to play music.
It’s – as opposed to tape where you have a magnetic tape that’s excited by frequencies that you hit, digital was a process where musical sounds are transferred to numbers and stored as numbers.
I confess that I listen to my own music for my own pleasure.
Mexican Shuffle was a turning point of the Brass.
I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises, pick up the horn and play.
It’s very clean. With tape, you get noise.
I’m sure I’ll go back again and record in the digital process.
Instrumental music can spread the international language.
There’s something interesting about playing live; you’re in the moment, and I think it would be beneficial.
Although there was a point with the Tijuana Brass where we were playing for such huge crowds that I kind of lost contact. At one point, the only connection I had with the audience was with people out there lighting cigarettes.
We always felt that if you do something with quality and integrity, then it’s going to come back to you.
I practice every day. I’ve been doing it since I was eight.
Selfishly, I make music for me. I like to make music. I like looking for songs. I like working with interesting musicians. I like producing records. It’s something I will always do.
I like to listen to classical music… I like mainline jazz.
I was taken in by the bravado and the sounds of Mexico… not so much the music, but the spirit.
You know, the record business is much different than being artist on stage.
If you look at a record under a microscope, the high frequencies are short jagged edges… and the low frequencies are long swinging ones are deep bass sounds. When it cut it at half speed, you’re getting more of those on the record.
We finally got our big break when Ed Sullivan put us on his show.
I’m an old-timer in the business from the sense that when you do something that you feel good about there might be another person out there who feels the same way, or a hundred or a couple million.
The reaction to this album has just been fabulous around the world… and I’ve had offers to perform from around the world and I’m tempted to do it. I’ve got itchy lips.