At a concert in 2008
||Candido de Guerra Camero
||April 22, 1921
||Afro-Cuban Jazz, disco
||Conga, bongo, percussion
||ABC-Paramount, Blue Note, Roulette, Polydor, Salsoul, Chesky
||Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly
Cándido de Guerra Camero (born April 22, 1921), also known simply as Cándido, is a prolific Cuban conga and bongo player. He also plays the tres, drums, and acoustic bass. He has worked in many genres of popular music from pop, rock, R&B and disco to Afro-Cuban dance music and Latin jazz. He is the first player to develop techniques to play multiple conga drums, coordinated independence and the use of multiple percussion, one player playing a variety of percussion instruments simultaneously.
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 five years.
Camero was honored with the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2008.
- 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, c. 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)
Candido - Drum Fever
U.S. Polydor PD 5063 stereo (1973).
Album produced by Candido.
This record for sale is a modern re-press of the album first released in 1973.
The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting very few plays.
Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.
Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.
The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.
The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.
For full track listing see Own tab.