Percussionist Candido Camero playing at a concert in 2008.
|Birth name||Candido de Guerra Camero|
|Born||April 22, 1921|
|Genres||Jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, Disco|
|Instruments||Conga, bongo, various percussion instruments|
|Labels||ABC-Paramount, Blue Note, Polydor, Salsoul|
|Associated acts||Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, many others|
Cándido de Guerra Camero, also known simply as Candido (born April 22, 1921) is a Cuban-born percussionist (mainly conga and bongo) who has backed several jazz acts since the 1950s. Although he has been credited as the first person to use the congas in jazz music, both Diego Iborra and Chano Pozo preceded him in the 1940s.
Early in his career, Camero recorded in his native Cuba with fellow jazz musician Machito. He moved to New York in 1952 and started recording with Dizzy Gillespie. During 1953-54, he was in the Billy Taylor Trio and in 1954 he performed and recorded with Stan Kenton.
He also enjoyed success during the disco era of the 1970s, most notably with the Babatunde Olatunji-penned track "Jingo" from his Dancin' and Prancin' album, which he recorded for Salsoul Records in 1979. The album has also been acknowledged as an influence and precursor to house music, predating the emergence of the genre by over 5 years.
- Candido Featuring Al Cohn (ABC-Paramount, 1956)
- The Volcanic (ABC-Paramount, 1956)
- Latin Fire (The Big Beat of Candido) (ABC-Paramount, 1959)
- In Indigo (ABC-Paramount, circa 1960)
- Conga Soul (Roulette, 1962)
- Candido's comparsa (ABC-Paramount, 1963)
- Thousand Finger Man (Solid State, 1969, reissued by Blue Note)
- Beautiful (Blue Note, 1970)
- Brujerias de Candido / Candido's Latin McGuffa's Dust (Discos Fuentes, 1971)
- Drum Fever (Polydor, 1973)
- Dancin' and Prancin' (Salsoul, 1979)
- Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Patato Valdes - The Conga Kings (Chesky, 2000)
- Candido & Graciela – Inolvidable (Chesky, 2004)
- Hands of Fire / Manos de fuego (Live) (Latin Jazz USA, 2008)
- The Master (Chesky, 2014)
With Gene Ammons
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Billy Taylor
With Bennie Green
- Bennie Green Blows His Horn (1955)
With Art Blakey
- Drum Suite (Columbia, 1957)
With Don Elliott
- The Don Elliott Octet Featuring Candido - Jamaica Jazz (ABC-Paramount, 1958)
With the Lecuona Cuban Boys
- Dance Along with the Lecuona Cuban Boys (ABC-Paramount, 1959)
With Randy Weston
With Sonny Rollins
- JatP in Europe with Dizzy Gillespie / J.J. Johnson / Stan Getz / Leo Wright / Art Davis / Chuck Lampkin / Lalo Schifrin / Candido (Verve, 1963)
With Wynton Kelly
- It's All Right! (1964)
With Grant Green
- His Majesty King Funk (1965)
With Illinois Jacquet
- Spectrum (Argo, 1965)
With Wes Montgomery
- Bumpin' (1965)
With Elvin Jones
With Ellen McIlwaine
- "NEA Jazz Masters: Candido Camero, Percussionist". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "Candido Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- "Candido at All About Jazz". Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Discogs: Post-Disco/Proto-House/Garage
Media related to Candido Camero at Wikimedia Commons