Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez

21 February 2009


It seems odd, even now, to think that the guitarist Eliades Ochoa (then 51) and bass player Orlando ‘Cachaito’ Lopez (then 64) were drafted into the line-up for 1997’s Buena Vista Social Club recording to provide some youthful energy to the recording.  Cachaito died earlier this month, at the age of 76.

Lopez came from a famous Cuban musical family – the nickname was to distinguish him from his uncle, Orlando ‘Cachao’ Lopez – and after the success of Buena Vista, he was given the opportunity by World Circuit records to make his only solo recording. It is a wonderful record, drawing on different styles but given a consistency by Lopez’ Cuban rhythms, and I still play it often. It may be the best solo record made by a bass player. Really.

Audio clips from the record can be found here, at World Circuit.


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