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. Alas the original LPs had better documentation, but musically these were milestones, shaking loose Cuban and New York Latin-heads alike without loss of roots.
AllMusic Review by John Storm Roberts