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1993, CineSon, 112 min, USA, Dir: Andy Garcia

Bassist and composer Israel López - better known as Cachao – helped introduce jazz improvisation to Cuba, giving birth to the mambo. This vibrant concert film of the master and his band at work in Miami in 1992 was perhaps the first to spotlight Cuban music, predating BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB by several years. “Clearly reverential, CACHAO illuminates its subject in a way most documentaries don't: By letting the music speak for itself, it's eloquent beyond language.” – Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

2000, Park Circus/Miramax, 105 min, Dir: Fernando Trueba

Acclaimed Spanish director Fernando Trueba (BELLE EPOQUE) brought Latin jazz greats from all over the world to a recording studio on 54th Street in New York City for a musical summit meeting. Tito Puente, Chano Dominguez, Chucho Valdes, Gato Barbieri, Cachao and others are in top form in this magical performance film. “CALLE 54 is closer in spirit to THE LAST WALTZ in that it mounts a respectful staging of the songs by its performers with an ease and classiness not lavished on jazz since the black-and-white jazz shorts of the 1930s and ’40s.” – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times.

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