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) is the most recorded conga drummer in the history of jazz. He also plays the tres (Cuban mandolin), drumset and acoustic bass. He has worked in a all aspects of popular music from pop, rock, r & b, disco as well as Afro-Cuban dance music and Latin jazz. He is the first player to develop the techniques to play multiple conga drums, co-ordinated independence and the use of multiple percussion - one player playing a variety of percussion instruments silmultaneously.
Early in his career, Camero recorded in his native Cuba with many of the early pioneers of the son movement as well as being the conga drummer for the Tropicana night club in Havana for eight years. He first appeared in NYC in the musical review, Tidbits, at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway in 1946 backing up the Cuban dance team of Carmen and Rolando. In 1948 he made his first U.S. recording with Machito and His Afro-Cubans on the tune, "El Rey Del Mambo." as well as working 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
- "Candido Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- "Candido at All About Jazz". Retrieved 4 April 2010.
- Discogs: Post-Disco/Proto-House/Garage
- "NEA Jazz Masters: Candido Camero, Percussionist". Retrieved 17 October 2011.
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