Septeto Nacional de Ignacio are one of the most important musical forces in Cuban music history. Founded by bassist and vocalist Ignacio Piniero in 1927, the group have been around ever since in various guises. Along with Arsenio Rodriguez they are regarded as pioneers of Son, a rhythmic blend of African and Cuban music. They were the first Son group to incorporate trumpet as the lead instrument and first gained international recognition following their performance at the World Exposition in Seville in 1928. Piniero died in 1968, following 41 years as the band's leader afterwhich Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piniero has been directed by a series of new leaders. This fantastic CD follows the early career highlights of the group over 21 tracks.