“I have to hand it to Humberto Gatica and Tony Renis. Humberto, over the years, has introduced me to a lot of Latin music and artists that I never would have discovered on my own. Humberto and Tony picked the material for this album, so a lot of credit goes to them.
“The songs are incredible, and I think I did a great job of arranging them, along with Humberto and Tony’s help, and some other people, too. I was kind of in the driver’s seat when it came to the arrangements.
“Andrea’s voice was flawless. He’s my favorite singer of all. I hate to say that because it sort of disses every other singer. But it’s true: he’s my favorite. Male or female, it all comes down to him. Cutting vocals with him is heavenly. He’s not a one-take guy, though. He’s capable of doing one take, but in my world, where I want that extra 10 percent, I don’t think one take exists.
“His talent is astonishing. He’s a renaissance man, who walks in both the pop and classical worlds. I don’t know anybody else who does that, except Wynton Marsalis, and I don’t know him. And he’s not a singer."