Cuban bassist Lopez dies at 89

March 20, 2009


Composer credited with creating mambo

Posted: Fri., Mar. 20, 2009, 5:40pm PT in Variety.Com – Music

Israel “Cachao” Lopez, the influential Cuban bassist and composer credited with creating the mambo who enjoyed a career revival over the last two decades, died Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla., where he lived. He was 89 and suffered complications from kidney failure.

Known mostly by his nickname, the bassist was revered by Cuban musicians and jazz players for his playing style, musical ideas and adventurous spirit. Besides the mambo, he also created the descarga, the jam sessions that found jazz married to music from Africa and Cuba.

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