Israel "Cachao" Lopez: El Timbalero Travieso


El Timbalero Travieso (aka The Mischievous Timbalero)



Master Sessions, Vol. II (Crescent Moon 67319)

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Israel "Cachao" Lopez (bass), Orestes Vilató (timbales),

Rolando LaSerie (vocals), Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros (trumpet), Jimmy Bosch (trombone), Nestor Torres (flute), Paquito d’Rivera (alto sax), Justo Almario (tenor sax), Alfredo “Alfredito” Valdes, Jr. (piano), Francisco Aguabella (drums)


Composed by Israel Lopez


Recorded: Hollywood, 1995


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

The album from which this track came was nominated for the 1996 Grammy Award in the Tropical Latin performance. This all-star descarga jam session, led by bassist Cachao, features some of the best Latin jazz musicians ever. Trombonist Bosch anchors the riff melody, with brief solo statements interspersed by flutist Torres and Justo Almario on tenor sax. The track's title, translated as "The Tricky Timbalero [timbales player]" refers to Orestes Vilató, who steals the spotlight with a commanding solo, employing the full range of sonic and rhythmic possibilities of the timbales.

Reviewer: Mark Lomanno

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