Complete New York Sessions 1955-1957
Fresh Sound Records
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Personnel: Enrique Villegas (p), Milt Hinton (b) & Cozy Cole (d).
Argentinian pianist Enrique "El mono" Villegas (1913-1986) was one of Argentina’s biggest jazz exports, along with Gato Barbieri. He spent his exemplary career living and working in Buenos Aires, where he made his debut recording in 1944 and his last in 1977. To mark the 20th anniversay since his death in 1986, Fresh Sound Records has published this 2 LPs-on-1 CD compilation with the two terrific albums he recorded for the Columbia label in New York.
Villegas moved to the United States in 1955, when he was already well-known in his country, with the intention of establishing himself in North America as a professional jazz pianist. Although he didn’t stay in USA that long, his nightclub debut at the Café Bohemia was an instant success, and his performances were acclaimed by both critics and public alike. This CD contains the only two historic trio albums Villegas recorded in studio during his stint in New York.
Tracks: 1. Ain’t Misbehavin’, 2. Yesterdays, 3. What Is This Thing Called Love, 4. Chopin Prelude, 5. Lazy Bones, 6. Where Or When, 7. Sometimes I’m Happy, 8. Embraceable You, 9. Poor Butterfly, 10. Jelly Roll Blues, 11. I Ain’t Got Nobody, 12. Black Beauty, 13. Honeysuckle Rose, 14. Rosetta, 15. Jumpin’ At The Woodside, 16. Night In Tunisia, 17. Django, 18. Scruby, 19. Western Reunion.
Tracks #1-9 recorded in September, 1955. Tracks #10-19 recorded in March-May, 1957. All tracks were originally issued on the Columbia label.