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Cachao’s Mambo All-Stars, carry on the legacy of the Grammy-winning bassist and composer Israel “Cachao” Lopez, the legendary “father of the mambo”. Cachao’s Mambo All-Stars’ energetic “descargas”, are improvised, Latin jam sessions of which Cachao was both inventor and master of. They conjure images of Havana’s heyday, and remember ... Read more in Amazon's Cachao Store

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Listen  1. Al Fin Te Vi (Album Version) 1:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Isora Club (Album Version) 6:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
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In 1939 in Havana, 21-year-old Israel Lopez, better known as Cachao, and his brother Orestes wrote "Mambo," a song based on the spirited syncopation which often climaxed the danzon, a European rondo popular in Cuba at the time. By heightening those infectious rhythms, the Lopez brothers revolutionized Cuban music and launched the "mambo craze," which soon swept the world. Few musicians have had such an international impact, but Cachao was largely forgotten until Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia decided to pay tribute to his father's favorite musician: Cachao, El Maestro. Garcia helped organize a 1992 concert tribute to Cachao in Miami and produced a 1993 recording session with Cachao in Los Angeles, Master Sessions, Volume 1. Compared to the super-heated beats of contemporary salsa and sones from the Caribbean, Cachao's mambos, danzons, and rumbas have a more patient, more sensual approach to rhythm. Within that sashaying, midtempo pulse, however, are pushing, pulling sub-rhythms which give the music its vitality. The tunes are decorated with vocal chants and guitar and horn solos, but the syncopation is the heart of the music. Cachao launched a second musical revolution in 1957, when he organized legendary jam sessions called descargas which combined Cuban rhythms with American jazz improvisation. Master Sessions includes new versions of Cachao's two groundbreaking compositions, "Mambo" and "Descarga Cachao." --Geoffrey Himes

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A MASTER'S PIECE 2 Dec. 1999
By "canuco" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
POWERFUL! ... TOP NOTCH ARRANGEMENTS! ... In this album, you get a truly masterful performance from Cachao and company. In this offering he is surrounded by a roster of talent that has only been equaled twice before in the very rich history of latin music. Those other recordings are as follows; 1. "Estrellas Areito vol. 1 - 4", Areito label and 2. Grupo Folklorico y Experimental Nueyorquino vol. 1 - 2", Salsoul label. To say that it is the among the very best Cuban music EVER recorded is truly an understatement, from the opening track to the very last one, what one gets is Afro-cuban music played with a pure passion and love. It is obvious just by listening that the musicians in this album played with their hearts exposed. I was not present at the recording but i know that the head charts and arrangements were used only to begin each session. It is phyically impossible to write and then have each member play the music contained in this recording. An improvisers paradise. It is very rare for musicians to find themselves in a setting where all of their emotions flow with electrically charged passion as with this album. As a collector of Cuban music, I have heard most of what has been recorded. This ranks among the very best of them all (...and there are 1000's of excellent records of Cuban music). If you are just discovering Cuban music, this is a perfect place to begin exploring. For those already baptized, GET THIS ONE!
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Essential latin music 25 Feb. 2005
By Marcos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD should be in the collection of every latin music lover. It should be a required study material for those who want to make salsa. No, it's not salsa but rather father mambo, mother guajirra, aunt descarga, and grandma rumba.

The musician lineup is spectacular including Jimmy Bosch(trombone) and Nestor Torres(flute). And all of these under the man who created mambo and descarga. Cachao masterfully utilizes the skills of these experts to redo some of his old songs, and perform new ones.

Unfortunately the complexities in the music can only be heard in a high end sound system, so don't buy this CD to listen to it while you drive to your favorite latin club, unless you own a Benz. Another detail that makes it different is that the songs flow for as long as they must rather than be rushed to the four minute industry standard.

For those who are only aquainted with modern latin music, expect the same instrumentation as Salsa, but with a more classical feel where vocals come second to the instruments. After listening to this CD you will be able to dissect most Salsa and further understand where it falls stylistically.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Some of the very best cuban music ever 14 Oct. 2003
By Carlos E. Castro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The quality of the sound and the magical expertise of some of the best musicians from Cuba come together in this album.
This is what we call "the real thing"... as real and as good as it can possibly be...
This is definitely a must have album for anyone, like me, who treasures the tropical music of the Caribbean and Latin America.
I also recommend the Volume II of the Master Sessions just as highly. These are some of the best collector's CD's money can buy...
If it was possible, I would give it six stars out of five!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
a great Latin jazz album 18 Feb. 2002
By M. H. Bayliss - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, I love the bass. Second of all, I love Latin music and Latin jazz. Well, that means that his album is one of my all time favorites -- it swings! Not only is every track great, the recording is very high quality and will highlight any audiophile system. I have scores of great Latin music, but this is one of the CDs I keep coming back to time after time. Israel Lopez is one of the world's greatest living bass players (his nickname is Cachao) -- I've been meaning to buy volume 2 as well which should be just as good. This one is a winner.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Viva Cachao 5 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
How can you embody a lifetime of music into one CD? You can't, that would be for the naive. This CD however, kicks $%%#@!. Emilio Estefan (Gloria's husband) and actor Andy Garcia produces; many, many artists contribute, and all you have to do is listen, dammit.
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