Master Sessions, Vol. 1

Master Sessions, Vol. 1

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by Cachao
     
 

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In the unending debate over who created the mambo, brothers Orestes and Israel "Cachao" Lopez's names are often mentioned. But in the discussion of who created the "descarga" -- the Cuban jam session -- most agree it was the great bass virtuoso Cachao. In the early '90s -- with "Mambo King" fever briefly in the air -- actor Andy Garcia and Miami Sound Machine honcho

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In the unending debate over who created the mambo, brothers Orestes and Israel "Cachao" Lopez's names are often mentioned. But in the discussion of who created the "descarga" -- the Cuban jam session -- most agree it was the great bass virtuoso Cachao. In the early '90s -- with "Mambo King" fever briefly in the air -- actor Andy Garcia and Miami Sound Machine honcho Emilio Estefan gave the Miami-based bassist free rein to record his music. From the pure grace of traditional Cuban danzóns and mambos to the freewheeling swing of descargas, Cachao steered a stellar revolving cast -- including Paquito D'Rivera, "Chocolate" Armenteros, Nestor Torres, and Francisco Aguabella -- in a beautifully constructed tribute to the sounds of his abandoned homeland. Ry Cooder later went to Havana to organize his Buena Vista Social Club, but Cachao found the same glory among his fellow expatriates; one danzón, in fact, is titled "Mariano Social Club."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Evan C. Gutierrez
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 and importance than Israel "Cachao" Lopez. Several of the selections on the collection originate from the Descarga sessions, in which Cachao de-emphasizes the role of the piano as the primary comping instrument in Cuban music, and effortlessly rocks the entire band with his thunderous tumbao. There is a slant toward danzon and son styles on this collection, which gives the record a very refined, almost stately feel. The first track, "Al Fin Te Vei," a clarinet and bass duo in danzon, is performed with such skill, grace, and class as to be fit for kings. Cachao does not, of course, ignore the beautiful folkloric traditions of his country. "Lindo Yambu," a creeping rhumba that moves into a carefree mambo, is performed with equal reverence and class. The fidelity of the recordings is amazing, a crystal-clear sonic treat. Cachao takes the listener on a tour of the sights and sounds of his homeland like no one else could. From the conservatories and recital halls to the cigar shops and street parties, Cachao brings his listener inside to encounter the diverse and mysterious character of Cuban music. Lindisimo.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972421025
catalogNumber:
724210
Rank:
36814

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cachao   Primary Artist,Bass,Conductor,Background Vocals
Justo Almario   Tenor Saxophone
Paquito D'Rivera   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nestor Torres   Flute
Bill Summers   Background Vocals,Claves
Rolando Laserie   Background Vocals
Murray Adler   Violin
Francisco Aguabella   Conga,Background Vocals,Chekere,Quinto
Chocolate Armenteros   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Rafael "Felo" Barrio   Guitar,Maracas,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Guiro
Bette Byers   Violin
Russ Cantor   Violin,Concert Master
Richie Flores   Conga,Quinto
Lazaro Galarraga   Bass Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Chekere,Bombo,Coro
Andy García   Stick,Background Vocals,Coro,Rainstick,Jawbone
Felizidad Gongora   Background Vocals,Coro
Humberto "Nengue" Hernandez   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Background Vocals,Bells,Claves,Chekere,cowbell
Juanito Marquez   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Jorge Moraga   Violin
Cecilia Noel   Background Vocals,Coro
Harry Scorzo   Violin
David Shamban   Cello
Orestes Vilató   Bongos,Timbales,Background Vocals,Bells,cowbell
Dan Weinstein   Violin
Jimmy Bosch   Trombone
Marilyn Graham   Violin
Ezra Kliger   Violin
Joe Drago   Background Vocals
Nelson Gonzalez   Guitar,Background Vocals,Claves
Iris Ibarcena   Background Vocals
Jan Kelly   Cello
Nelson Requeira Marquez   Background Vocals,Coro
Richard Regueira Marquez   Drums,Maracas,Marimbas,Background Vocals,Snare Drums,Coro
William Marquez   Background Vocals
Carlos Montiel   Background Vocals
Daniel Palacio   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alfredito Valdez   Piano
Tony Rosa   Conga,Drums,Bass Drums,Background Vocals,Chekere

Technical Credits

Cachao   Arranger,Director
Paquito D'Rivera   Arranger
Emilio Estefan   Producer,Executive Producer
Andy García   Poetry,Producer,Liner Notes
Bill Leonard   Engineer
Juanito Marquez   Arranger
Art Rodriguez   Artwork
Marcelo Añez   Engineer
Sebastián Krys   Engineer
Rick Raponi   Engineer
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Cristobal Diaz Ayala   Liner Notes
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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Master Sessions, Vol. 1 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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I you like the Musica Cubana Original... this are the Cds. Have one of the VoL and remember the originals...