Israel “Cachao” López

Israel “Cachao” López is often credited as the creator of the mambo rhythm and master of the descarga, or Cuban jam sessions. Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1918, he moved to the U.S. in 1962, eventually settling in Miami and playing bass on many salsa recordings in New York City. After a period of obscurity, López gained greater attention in 1994 following the release of the album Master Sessions, Volume 1, and a documentary, both produced by Andy García