Casa Villegas

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
An invitation to the musical home of this rising Latin guitarist brings the listener into a powerful ethnic experience full of fire, warmth and family. Offering various tastes of his hometown of East Los Angeles, Villegas starts with the playful musical bearhug "Bienvenidos" (which means "welcome") and an exposure to his plucky, bright style over a rolling groove and a simmering horn section. Albert Salas' piano and a host of percussionists keep the party hopping and it's easy to feel that we're "Entre Amigos" (a similarly feisty jam). Then we meet Villegas' wife, "Mujer Enamorada," whose tale is sung in Spanish by the raspy voiced Jose Garcia (with Villegas' plucky ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
An invitation to the musical home of this rising Latin guitarist brings the listener into a powerful ethnic experience full of fire, warmth and family. Offering various tastes of his hometown of East Los Angeles, Villegas starts with the playful musical bearhug "Bienvenidos" (which means "welcome") and an exposure to his plucky, bright style over a rolling groove and a simmering horn section. Albert Salas' piano and a host of percussionists keep the party hopping and it's easy to feel that we're "Entre Amigos" (a similarly feisty jam). Then we meet Villegas' wife, "Mujer Enamorada," whose tale is sung in Spanish by the raspy voiced Jose Garcia (with Villegas' plucky strings on the snappy harmonic lines). All Latin guitarists who capture the heart with a hurricane of sound eventually get around to a few intimate numbers that reveal the romance at the heart of things, and in Villegas' case, those are the dual guitar interlude "Dos Guitarras" and the gentle, loping ballad "Recuerdos De Jerez." Another one of these more intimate gems is fashioned into a lovely samba called "Brazilian Magic." The best tracks, however, are the festive ones that celebrate all the joys of percussion and flamenco-driven magic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Baja Records
  • UPC: 025221054229
  • Catalog Number: 542
  • Sales rank: 171,487

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bienvenidos (4:48)
  2. 2 Entre Amigos (4:42)
  3. 3 Mujer Enamorada (5:38)
  4. 4 Dos Guitarras (0:58)
  5. 5 Recuerdos de Jerez (3:15)
  6. 6 Jaleo (3:41)
  7. 7 Ojos Verdes (3:48)
  8. 8 Whittier Blvd (6:46)
  9. 9 Brazil Magic (4:22)
  10. 10 From the Heart (3:35)
  11. 11 In the Light (1:20)
  12. 12 Kama Sutra (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Luis Villegas Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Noise, Palmas
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Cassio Duarte Bongos, Conga, Timbales, Pandeiro, Agogo, Cuica, Shaker, cowbell, Tamborim, Toy Instruments, Animal Sounds
Chris Garcia Kanjira, Floor Tom, Toy Instruments
Jose Garcia Vocals
Aaron Serfaty Drums
Paul Tchounga Drums
Chris Trujillo Conga, Timbales, Chekere
Arturo Velasco Trombone
Fernando Diaz Conga, Tambourine, Cajon, Shaker, Jaleos, Wind Whistle, Palmas
Alberto Salas Piano, Trombone, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Ricky Adorno Bass
Scott Vomvolakis Bongos, Castanets, Conga, Tambourine, Timbales, Voices, Claves, Caxixi, Chekere, Iya, Okonkolo, Shaker, Guiro, Wood Block, Doholla, Udu, Toy Instruments
Luis Eric González Trumpet
Roger Espinoza Guitar
Mike Paganini Bass
Javier Vergara Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jack DeJohnette Composer
Jerome Harris Composer
Max Roach Composer
Neil Innes Composer
Vivian Stanshall Composer
Don Alias Composer
Chris Garcia Contributor
Gary McFarland Composer
Michael Cain Composer
Luis Villegas Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Luis Eric González Horn Arrangements
Charlie Watts Mastering
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