The Sights and Sounds of Esquivel

Billboard reports: A host of previously unreleased recordings by late lounge music pioneer Juan Garcia Esquivel are due Sept. 6 via Bar/None. Recorded in 1975, the material on “The Sights and Sounds of Esquivel!” was originally intended for release as a promotional item for Chicago’s La Margarita restaurant chain.

Recorded live in the studio with Esquivel’s band – with canned applause overdubbed later – the set includes arrangements of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” the Ervin Drake/Dan Fisher/Irene Higginbotham standard “Good Morning Heartache” and the Tanya Tucker-popularized “Delta Dawn.” The bandleader’s widow, Yvonne Debourban Esquivel, contributes the disc’s liner notes.