Legal name: Israel López


Israel López Valdés (September 14, 1918 – March 22, 2008), better known as Cachao (/kəˈ/ kə-CHOW), was a Cuban double bassist and composer. He is considered one of the most influential charanga bassists of all-time, the co-creator of the mambo and a master of the descarga (improvised Cuban jam sessions). He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and won several Grammy Awards from the 1990s.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1957 Descargas Israel “Cachao” López 1
1976 Dos Israel “Cachao” López 1
1986 Maestro De Maestros Israel “Cachao” López 1
1994 Master Sessions, Volume I Israel “Cachao” López 1
1995 Master Sessions Volume II Israel “Cachao” López 1
2000 Cuba Linda Israel “Cachao” López 1
2001 El arte del sabor Bebo Valdés Trio con Cachao y Patato 1
2004 ¡Ahora Sí! Israel “Cachao” López 1
Cuban Jam Sessions, Volume 2 Israel “Cachao” López 1
Descargas Cubanas Cachao & Peruchín 1
Descargas y Mambo Israel “Cachao” López 1
From Havana to New York Israel “Cachao” López 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Descarga Cubana Israel “Cachao” López 1
2004 Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature: "Descargas" Israel “Cachao” López 1
2004 Descarga Guajira Israel “Cachao” López 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions Israel “Cachao” López 1

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