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Israel “Cachao” Lopez

b. 14 Sept 1918, Havana, Cuba, d. 22 March 2008, Coral Gables, Florida, USA. The name of revered bass participant Cachao (who also organized, composed and performed piano, tres, bongo, trumpet and trombone) was associated with the roots of mambo and was practically associated with descarga, that was described by …

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In tandem along with his multi-instrumentalist sibling Orestes, bassist Israel “Cachao” López introduced to Cuban music the African rhythms that changed the island’s traditional danzón into what’s now referred to as the mambo — he also pioneered the descarga, the late-night jam sessions that revolutionized the sound and scope of …

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