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Born: Sep 14, 1918 in Havana, Cuba
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Died: Mar 22, 2008 in Coral Gables, FL
Genre: Jazz, World, Pop/Rock
Biography: In tandem with his multi-instrumentalist brother Orestes, bassist Israel "Cachao" López introduced to Cuban music the African rhythms that transformed the island's traditional danzón into what is now known as the mambo -- he also pioneered the descarga, the late-night jam sessions that revolutionized ...Read full biography
Master Sessions Volume I
Released: 1994
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Cachao's Master Sessions, Vol. 1 could not be more aptly named. There has not been a bass player to date who has done more to develop and refine the instrument's role or to better demonstrate its power ...Read full review
Cuban Jam Session, Vol. 2
Released: 1960
Label: T.H. Rodven
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On first release in the mid-'50s, the loose, live Gutierrez recordings launched a long-lasting craze for descarga -- jazz-type jam sessions. Just about everybody who was anybody took part one way or another, ...Read full review