Take Me Dancing!/The Latin Rhythms of Astor Piazola (sic) & his Quintet

Tracks: Laura (Mercer/Raskin)
Oscar Peterson
April in Paris (Duke/Harburg)
Para lucirse (Show off)
Lullaby of Birdland (Shearing)
Plus Ultra
Sophisticated Lady (Ellington/Mills/Parish)
Contratiempo (Countepoint)
Presantania (Something Strange)
La Coquette (from "Rio") (Gonzaga)

All compositions by Astor Piazzolla except where noted.

Group: Piazzolla, Astor
Musicians: Piazzolla (Astor) - bandoneon and arrangements
Caiola (Al) - guitar
Costa (Eddie) - piano
Amsterdam (Chet) - bass
Rauch (Carlos) - percussion (maybe)
Pacheco (Johnny) - percussion (maybe)
Puente (Tito) - percussion (maybe)
Duvivier (George) - bass (maybe)
Label: P-Vine/Blues Interactions
Country: Japan
Catalog number: PCD-2877
Media: CD
Year of release: 1994
Studio or Live: Studio
Year of performance: 1959
Description: This is one of two Japanese reissues of records made by Piazzolla in the US in the 1957-1959 period (apparently for the US market, where Piazzolla was working as a session musician at the time). Information for these records was researched and furnished by Mitsumasa Saito, who also wrote the liner notes of the Japanese reissues.
The possibility of Tito Puente playing comes from an interview he gave years later and said: "I joined the recording of Piazzolla's "Take me dancing" with George Duvivier"
Take me Dancing! was ecorded in New York City 1959. Produced by Ralph Seijo. Original issue:Tico LP 1066 (mono)/SLP 1066 (stereo), 1959, USA
Style: Piazzolla in the US (1958)
Comments: A true rarity, a Japanese re-issue of a 1959 record made by Piazzolla in New York apparently for exclusive consumption in the US market. The original cover and liner notes are in English and are as corny as it can be. Aside from mispelling Piazola (sic) throughout, they include no information about the musicians (information above furnished by Mitsumasa Saito after some research). All the arrangements are patterned after the mambo/bolero craze of the 50s. The selection of tunes is also odd for Piazzolla. The bonus track La Coquette appears to come from a 45rpm single and is the theme for the movie Rio (year?), an F. Gonzaga forro featuring a clarinet solo and with an accordion/bandoneon in the rhythm section apparently played by Piazzolla.