This was the second duet I wrote for the book, over twenty years after I composed the first one. It was writing this duet that reminded me how much I enjoyed writing duets and prompted me to begin writing again.
The first part of my trumpet career here in Houston I was primarily a salsa player. I grew to love the music so much that today the salsa influence is in almost everything that I do in one way or another.
Siempre Salseros is dedicated to Lonny Lalanne because he says this is his favorite duet in the book.
Mambito is dedicated to my good friend in El Paso, Texas, Martin Huerta. Martin and I were trumpet students together at the University of Texas at El Paso. I dedicated this duet to Martin because it has the highest notes in the book (High E Flat). I spend hours watching Martin play because I was having a difficult time trying to play the high notes. For Martin it was always a breeze. I learned a lot by watching him.