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Artist biography Candido Camero
Now in his nineties, LP's elder statesman Candido Camero touch on congas is still sure, his time is solid and his sound is uniquely his own. Born in 1921 in a Havana barrio called El Cerro, Candido was initially a multi-instrumentalist, showing facility on tres, guitar, and bass-these being key instruments in the popular Son music of the day. A switch to bongos and congas led to a six-year spell with the CMQ Radio Orchestra and a residency at the famed Cabaret Tropicana
Candido de Guerra Camero, also known simply as Candido, is an eloquent and informative clinician. Candido is known as the father of the technique of coordinated independence. He also pioneered the use of two and later three congas, where in past most percussionists were content playing a single drum.
Candido's long list of recorded work includes sessions with Dizzy Gillespie (He replaced Chano Pozo in Dizzy Gillespie's Orchestra), Lena Horne, Billy Taylor, Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Count Basie, Elvin Jones, George Shearing, Lionel Hampton, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Woody Herman, Doc Severinson, Marian McPartland, Lalo Schifrin. Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Charlie Parker, and Antonio Carlos Jobim — just to name a few.
Candido has a brilliant and spiritual approach to music and has endorsed LP drums since 1977. He explains: "The sounds are pure and clear and they inspire my feelings and my soul."