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Quotes from Herb Alpert

"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."

"Clifford Brown was in the jazz circles considered to be probably the greatest trumpet player who ever lived."

"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."

"I confess that I listen to my own music for my own pleasure."

"I didn't know what I wanted at the time, I just knew I needed to get away from it and get an overview of my life."

"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."

"I like to listed to the adventurous guys - the Coltranes, Miles Davis, the guys who just let it loose."

"I like to listen to classical music... I like mainline jazz."

"I mean, gee whiz, I'm real lucky to touch so many people's lives. And if I give someone pleasure, it gives me pleasure."

"I never thought of myself as a trumpet player in the traditional sense: I never played in a big band... I didn't struggle the normal way."

"I practice every day. I've been doing it since I was eight."

"I purposely wanted to go to Mexico City, to be in that environment and to see what it was like recording in another studio."

"I remember in '66, we had and still hold the record for most albums in top 100: we had 5 in the top 20 at one time."

"I took about a month long trip through Europe in the early part of '69 and realized didn't have my priority systems straight."

"I wake up in the morning, I do a little stretching exercises, pick up the horn and play."

"I was obligated to do a bunch of concerts and a television show, but something in my stomach was telling me this wasn't what I wanted to do."

"I was taken in by the bravado and the sounds of Mexico... not so much the music, but the spirit."

"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."

"I'm sure I'll go back again and record in the digital process."

"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."

"In spite of everything that's happened to me being a musician, playing trumpet provided me with greatest satisfaction."

"Instrumental music can spread the international language."

"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."

"It's very clean. With tape, you get noise."

"Latin instruments have always been a part in my music, but I never felt a closeness to music from south of the border."

"Mexican Shuffle was a turning point of the Brass."

"Now that marketing strategy is such that, outside the packaging might be just beautiful and inside it might be just nothing!"

"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."

"The Japanese seem to be a loyal audience."

"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."

"The trumpet was not a lyrical singing instrument."

"There's something interesting about playing live; you're in the moment, and I think it would be beneficial."

"This was during a period when I was producing Brazil '66 records and got infected by Brazilian music."

"We always felt that if you do something with quality and integrity, then it's going to come back to you."

"We finally got our big break when Ed Sullivan put us on his show."

"We were like a trial for the digital process, and I found that in that particular timeframe, there were too many problems with it."

"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."

"With tape, you capture the impact, but you bring in some other elements. Sometimes those elements are good and sometimes, they're not."

"You know, the record business is much different than being artist on stage."

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