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Candido: Fountain of Youth

By Published: December 22, 2008
By 1952 Candido was being hailed by New York jazz critics as the greatest conga drummer to come from Cuba since Pozo. Candido would become the most visible ambassador of Afro-Cuban percussion of his generation appearing on TV with Duke Ellington on The Drum Is a Woman and the Steve Allen, Pat Boone, Jackie Gleason, Patti Page and Ed Sullivan shows. He's appeared on over 1,000 albums with such artists as Woody Herman
Woody Herman
Woody Herman
1913 - 1987
band/orchestra
, Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton
1908 - 2002
vibraphone
, Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins
1904 - 1969
sax, tenor
, Tito Puente
Tito Puente
Tito Puente
1923 - 2000
band/orchestra
, Chico O'Farrill
Chico O'Farrill
Chico O'Farrill
1921 - 2001
composer/conductor
, Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
b.1926
vocalist
, Art Blakey
Art Blakey
Art Blakey
1919 - 1990
drums
, Stan Getz
Stan Getz
Stan Getz
1927 - 1991
sax, tenor
, Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
Buddy Rich
1917 - 1987
drums
, Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
Elvin Jones
1927 - 2004
drums
, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
, Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
b.1933
producer
, Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
, Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
Stan Kenton
1911 - 1979
piano
and Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
and was the percussionist of choice during the golden age of studio work. Although he just turned a youthful 87, in recent years he has appeared on several Grammy-nominated recordings including his most recent, Inolvidable (Chesky) a collaboration with legendary vocalist and fellow Cuban, Graciela.

For his contributions to the world of jazz and his place in its history, Candido recently received the highest honor bestowed on a jazz musician by the United States, the title of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. It's a fitting tribute to a man who fulfilled the promise of his grandfather Juan, who after a young Candido was scolded by his mother for drumming on the kitchen table, told her, "Leave him alone! You will see. One day he will be famous."

Recommended Listening:

Billy Taylor Trio, With Candido (Prestige/OJC, 1954)

Candido Camero, Candido (ABC/Paramount-Verve, 1956)

Candido, Brujeras de Candido: Candido's Latin McGuffa's Dust (Tico, 1971)

Charles Mingus, Cumbia and Jazz Fusion (Atlantic-Rhino, 1977)

Candido Camero/Giovanni Hidalgo/Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Conga Kings (Chesky, 1999)

Mambo Allstars Orchestra, 50 Years Of Mambo (A Tribute to Perez Prado) (Mambo Maniacs, 2002)


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