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I am responsible for projecting a young musician into the limelight. My film, The Bass Player, gives voice to a Muslim woman who grew up in America's bible-belt and is currently studying for an MA in London.

Orlando 'Cachaito' Lopez: Bass player who achieved belated fame with the Buena Vista Social Club

Better late than never, perhaps, but recognition and fame for the various members of the Buena Vista Social Club was, nevertheless, more than a little tardy. It was the American guitarist Ry Cooder who brought some of these fabled Cuban musicians out of retirement for a famed collaboration in 1996, and a subsequent 1997 album, Buena Vista Social Club. Such key members as Compay Segundo (vocals, guitar), Ruben Gonzalez (piano), Ibrahim Ferrer (vocals) and now Orlando Lopez (bass) have since died. Lopez, at the age of 63, was a comparative youngster in the band.

Story of the Song: 'Sing', Travis (2001)

Travis's frontman Fran Healy was watching TV one afternoon in 1999, with the sound turned down. Something about swing beat was on MTV. Healy reached for his guitar and began to hum along to the silent video, working his fingers around the chords of a new song. "When it naturally got to a sort of chorus-y part, I started singing, 'Swing... If you swing, swing, swing, swing'," Healy said.

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Panic at the Disco, Astoria, London

For a band that has mislaid much of its original fanbase, this Las Vegas foursome remain in exceptionally high spirits. Panic At The Disco were at the forefront of emo, and responsible for some of the genre's most irritating habits – not the supposed interest in suicide, but the pretentiously long song titles, rambling verbiage and whining.

Album: Kevin Figes Quartet, Circular Motion (Edition)

Alto-saxophonist Figes – who studied with Elton Dean and Keith Tippett – has an inclination to hard, rhythmical swing, and a contrasting gift for composing memorable, sensitive tunes.

Story Of The Song: Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon (1978)

Warren Zevon was the renegade West Coaster. While his mid-Seventies Los Angeles peers were taking it easy and running on empty, Zevon's albums swilled with troubling tales of mercenaries, psychopaths and bent lawyers.

Album: The Chris McGregor Septet, Up To Earth (Fledg'ling)

Recorded around the same time (1969) as the recently reissued Brotherhood Of Breath albums, but never previously released, Up To Earth features similar combinations of top UK jazzers (bassist Danny Thompson and sax men John Surman and Evan Parker) with the remnants of pianist Chris McGregor’s expatriate South African band (trumpeter Mongezi Feza, saxist Dudu Pukwana and drummer Louis Moholo).

Album: White Denim, Workout Holiday (Full Time Hobby)

While many bands name-drop Nick Drake, the Beach Boys and the Velvets (fine and proper, but getting predictable), my interest in this Texas trio was assured when bassist Steve Terebecki announced that White Denim "would really like to turn into XTC".

The Breeders, ABC, Glasgow

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Israel 'Cachao' Lopez: Bassist and pioneer of mambo

The bassist and composer Israel López played a leading role in the evolution of Latin music, successively nurturing both the mambo and the improvised Cuban form known as the descarga, and paving the way for the international phenomenon that is salsa. Known invariably by the nickname "Cachao", he was, too, an innovative arranger; one who successfully synthesised his own country's musical traditions with those emanating from the American mainland to create an alluring sound which continues to seduce those who encounter it.

Teenage Fanclub, Koko, London

In a gig of few surprises, Scotland's most laid-back band reveal they have gone political; well, a little bit. "We've had a new prime minister since we played here last," the garrulous Norman Blake points out. "We met him once, he said he liked Big Star – he must have been briefed."

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