Skip directly to content
Browse by:
  • Tuesday, February 10, 2009
    Orlando "Cachaíto" López, Legendary Cuban Bassist, Dies at 76
    Christina Jaspars

    Orlando "Cachaíto" López, the legendary Cuban bassist, died in a Havana hospital yesterday, February 9, 2009, after complications from a routine operation the previous week.

    Born in Havana, Cachaíto came from one of Cuba’s foremost musical dynasties, which included his father, Orestes López and uncle, Israel "Cachao" López, and he was considered by many as the finest bass player in the world.
     
    Cachaíto started his career in 1950 playing for the legendary Arcaño y sus Maravillas. An amazingly versatile musician, he played classical music with Cuba's Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Cuban son with Orquesta Riverside, Cuban jazz and pop with Irakere, and descarga with Los Amigos. 

    The "heartbeat of the Buena Vista Social Club," bass player Orlando "Cachaíto" López was the only musician to have played on every album in the World Circuit / Nonesuch Buena Vista Social Club series. In recent years, he continued to tour internationally with the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.

    His own experimental album, Cachaíto (2001), is regarded by many critics as one of the finest in the Buena Vista series. 

    "We have lost a great companion," says guitarist Manuel Galbán, whose professional relationship with the bassist dates back to the Los Zafiros recordings of the 1960s.

    "It is an irreplaceable loss for Cuban music," states percussionist Amadito Valdés. "He was the last remaining member of the bass playing dynasty."

    "It is a great loss for the group and for Cuban music because he was a superb bassist and a brilliant band mate," remembers Buena Vista Social Club trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal. "He was an excellent person and the quality of his music was, honestly, unparalleled."

    Visit nonesuch.com/media to watch behind-the-scenes footage of Cachaíto and Angá Diaz improvising at Egrem Studios in Havana during the recording sessions for the album Cachaíto.

    Journal Articles:Artist News

Enjoy This Post?

Share This Post

Orlando "Cachaíto" López, Legendary Cuban Bassist, Dies at 76

Browse by:
nonesuch's picture
on February 10, 2009 - 11:41am
Article Type: 
Publish date: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 16:30
Excerpt: 

Orlando "Cachaíto" López, the legendary Cuban bassist, died in a Havana hospital yesterday, after complications from a routine operation. Born in Havana in 1933, Cachaíto came from one of Cuba’s foremost musical dynasties, which included his father, Orestes López and uncle, Israel "Cachao" López, and he was considered by many as the finest bass player in the world. The "heartbeat of the Buena Vista Social Club," bass player Cachaíto was the only musician to have played on every album in the Buena Vista Social Club series.

Copy: 

Orlando "Cachaíto" López, the legendary Cuban bassist, died in a Havana hospital yesterday, February 9, 2009, after complications from a routine operation the previous week.

Born in Havana, Cachaíto came from one of Cuba’s foremost musical dynasties, which included his father, Orestes López and uncle, Israel "Cachao" López, and he was considered by many as the finest bass player in the world.
 
Cachaíto started his career in 1950 playing for the legendary Arcaño y sus Maravillas. An amazingly versatile musician, he played classical music with Cuba's Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Cuban son with Orquesta Riverside, Cuban jazz and pop with Irakere, and descarga with Los Amigos. 

The "heartbeat of the Buena Vista Social Club," bass player Orlando "Cachaíto" López was the only musician to have played on every album in the World Circuit / Nonesuch Buena Vista Social Club series. In recent years, he continued to tour internationally with the Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.

His own experimental album, Cachaíto (2001), is regarded by many critics as one of the finest in the Buena Vista series. 

"We have lost a great companion," says guitarist Manuel Galbán, whose professional relationship with the bassist dates back to the Los Zafiros recordings of the 1960s.

"It is an irreplaceable loss for Cuban music," states percussionist Amadito Valdés. "He was the last remaining member of the bass playing dynasty."

"It is a great loss for the group and for Cuban music because he was a superb bassist and a brilliant band mate," remembers Buena Vista Social Club trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal. "He was an excellent person and the quality of his music was, honestly, unparalleled."

Visit nonesuch.com/media to watch behind-the-scenes footage of Cachaíto and Angá Diaz improvising at Egrem Studios in Havana during the recording sessions for the album Cachaíto.

featuredimage: 
Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez

Submit Your Comment

Related Posts

  • Friday, February 17, 2017
    Friday, February 17, 2017

    Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will perform music from their album Junun as the opening act for Radiohead in select cities on the band's sold-out European tour: at the Spektrum in Oslo on June 6 and 7, Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on June 9, 3 Arena in Dublin on June 20, and Manchester Arena on July 4 and 5. Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express will also perform at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona on June 3 and Best Kept Secret in the Netherlands on June 18. The Times of London calls Junun "intriguing, sinuous, and essential listening."

    Journal Topics: Artist NewsOn Tour
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017
    Thursday, February 16, 2017

    Rhiannon Giddens's new album, Freedom Highway, is due next Friday, February 24. But you don't need to wait till then to hear it: the album is streaming in full here as an NPR First Listen. It's a "rich collection, the latest chapter in the 40-year-old master folklorist, banjo virtuoso and vocal powerhouse's epic retelling of our history with its sins and sorrows—and joy born of resilience—fully reinstated," says NPR. "[H]ope comes back to life in Giddens' music."

    Journal Topics: Artist News
[{"parent":{"title":"Get on the list !","body":" Get exclusive information about NONESUCH tour dates, video premieres and special announcements ","field_newsletter_id":"14075483","field_label_list_id":"6389157","field_display_rates":"-1","field_preview_mode":"false","field_lbox_height":"","field_lbox_width":"","field_toaster_timeout":"6000","field_toaster_position":"From Bottom","field_turnkey_height":"400"}}]

Performs On