Casa Villegas

Casa Villegas

by Luis Villegas


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Casa Villegas

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2003
Label: Baja Records
UPC: 0025221054229
catalogNumber: 542

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

Max Roach   Composer
Neil Innes   Composer
Vivian Stanshall   Composer
Chris Garcia   Contributor
Gary McFarland   Composer
Luis Villegas   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Luis Eric González   Horn Arrangements

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