Today is September 15th, the start of Hispanic Heritage Month. On this blog, that means we’ll be celebrating the music of Hispanic and/or Latino artists for the next four weeks.
Let’s start with this 12-incher from Cuban percussionist Candido.
Befriended by Dizzy Gillespie, Candido Camero took the jazz world by storm in the 1950s. He recorded with the likes of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins and Wes Montgomery.
Then, for some reason, in 1979 he recorded a disco album. And Candido’s version of “Jingo” (a Nigerian tune popularized by Santana) became a dance-music classic.
Candido, at age 88, is still performing.