Thursday, July 9, 2015

Orlando Cachaito Lopez - Cachaito

Buena Vista Club mainstay Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, who is widely regarded as the best bassist in Cuba, could have taken the safe route and recorded a straightforward collection of Cuban son/Latin jazz music. The resulting album may have been a bit predictable and mild, but the high level of musicianship would have ensured a quality product, particularly considering the impressive international cast that appears with Cachaito on this album. To their credit, however, Cachaito and his colleagues were willing to take some chances. Some tracks approach a Cuban version of dub music, as Jamaican organist Bigga Morrison's Hammond prods or Cuban surf guitarist Manuel Galban's instrument reverberates while the bottom drops in and out of the mix. French DJ Dee Nasty even scratches on "Cachaito in Laboratory," a partially successful experiment that yields interesting results even though it doesn't quite gel with the rest of the album. At times the tracks seem more like studio jams than fully realized songs, but the album's overall feel -- self-assured, relaxed, warm, even somewhat jocular -- is quite appealing. The musicianship, of course, is impeccable, including the amazing rhythm section of Cachaito, Miguel "Anga" Diaz on congas, Amadito Valdes on timbales, and Carlos Gonzalez on bongos. Other highlights include Ibrahim Ferrer's cameo appearance on "Wahira," the album's only vocal track; the full orchestral string arrangements by Demetrio Muniz and horn arrangements by James Brown saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis; and "Tumbao No. 5 (Para Charlie Mingus)," which was inspired by the Mingus classic "Haitian Fight Song." - by Todd Kristel, AMG

Artist: Orlando Cachaito Lopez
Album: Cachaito
Year: 2001
Label: World Circuit
Runtime: 48:00

Tracks:
1.  Siempre Con Swing (Intro) 0:24
2.  Redencion (Israel Lopez) 4:50
3.  Mis Dos Pequenas (Anais Cruz) 4:06
4.  A Gozar El Tumbao (Israel Lopez) 2:47
5.  Cachaito In Laboratory (Orlando Lopez) 2:43
6.  Tumbao No.5 (Para Charlie Mingus) (Orlando Lopez) 7:47
7.  Conversacion (Orlando Lopez) 6:41
8.  Tumbanga (Orlando Lopez / Miguel Diaz / Hugh Masakela) 4:25
9.  Oracion Lucumi (Arsenio Rodriguez) 4:11
10.  Wahira (Orlando Lopez / Lazaro Villa) 4:54
11.  Anais (Orlando Lopez / Miguel Diaz) 3:42
12.  La Negra (Orlando Lopez) 1:30

Personnel:
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez (Double Bass)
Carlos Gonzalez (Bongos)
Miguel "Anga" Diaz (Congas, Percussion)
Manuel Galban (Electric Guitar)
Alejandro Pichardo Perez (Guiro, Claves)
Bigga Morrison (Organ [Hammond], Clavinet)
Amadito Valdes (Timbales)
Dee Nasty (Scratching) - 5
Pedro Depestre (Violin) - 3
Pee Wee Ellis (Tenor Saxophone, Hammond Organ) - 10
Ibrahim Ferrer (Vocals) - 10
Juan de Marcos Gonzales (Tres) - 10
Rafael Jenks (Tenor Saxophone) - 6
Hugh Masakela (Flugelhorn) - 8
Yaure Muniz (Trumpet) - 7
Johnny Neptumo (Tres) - 9
Jesus Ramos (Trombone) - 2,8
Policarpo Tamayo (Flute) - 2,7
Si Burwell (Keyboards) - 7
Jose Castaneda (Tres) - 11
Junior Dan (Bass Guitar) - 3,8
Roberto Fonseca (Piano) - 12
Tony Remy (Electric Guitar) - 11
Filiberto Sanchez (Bongos) - 11
Javier Zalba (Baritone Saxophone) - 12

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