A great counterpart to the better-known Cuban Jam Session In Miniature sessions – one that features a wealth of additional descarga work from bassist Israel "Cachao" Lopez! The first 2 tracks on the set were recorded with the group of Tito Rodriguez in New York in the mid 60s – harder-hitting than most of Tito's other work of the time, and played by a group that includes Bobby Porcelli on alto sax, Victor Paz on trumpet, and Rene Hernandez on piano. The rest of the work on the collection was recorded in Havana in the late 50s – and features players that include Chocolate Armanteros on trumpet, Nino Rivera on tres, Walfredo De Los Reyes on timbales, Peruchin on piano, and Luis Escalente on trumpet – under the leadership of Cachao, Chico O'Farrill, and Walfredo De Los Reyes. Most titles are short, but hard-hitting instrumentals that really get at the descarga groove as it was first forged on the Cuban scene – and the CD features a total of 18 titles that include "Introduction", "Descarga Cubana", "Avance Juvenil", "Redencion", "Juan Pescao", "Descarga Mambo", "Las Boinas De Cachao", "Leche Con Ron", "Descarga Mejicana", "El Fantasm
a", "Descarga Numero Uno", and "Es Diferente".
(Out of print.)