Legal name: Israel López


Israel López, often known as Cachao (/kəˈtʃaʊ/ kə-CHOW; September 14, 1918 – March 22, 2008), was a Cuban musician and composer who created and helped popularize mambo in the United States and across the globe, in the early 1950s.

He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won several Grammy Awards, and has been described as "the inventor of the mambo". He is considered a master of descarga (Latin jam sessions).

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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
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 Rating Releases
2000 Descarga Cubana Compilation Israel "Cachao" López 1
2004 Cuban Jam Sessions in Miniature: "Descargas" Compilation Israel "Cachao" López 1
2004 Descarga Guajira Compilation Israel "Cachao" López 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2000 Descargas: Cuban Jam Sessions Live Israel "Cachao" López 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 ¡Ahora Sí! Israel "Cachao" López 1

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