Julio Gutierrez

Cuban Jam Session, Vol. 1

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On first release in the mid-'50s, the loose, live Gutierrez recordings launched a long-lasting craze for descarga -- jazz-type jam sessions. Just about everybody who was anybody took part one way or another, during a marathon studio session. Its success led to a similar venture by Cachao, Cuba's most influential bassist. (The Nino Rivera cuts are make-weights, though exceedingly fine ones.)