Two LP artists have won coveted awards attesting to their excellence in making music--Heritage artist Candido Cameró and bandleader/ethnomusicologist Bobby Sanabria won the 2008 Jazz Awards.
The awards are conferred by the Jazz Journalists Association and embody the critical consensus of an elite body of North American and foreign journalists. The selection standards are rigid but eventually a group of finalists is announced by the JJA. The thrust is the recognition of uncompromising careers devoted to the elevation of jazz. Thus, jazz musicians, composers, producers and (in the words of the JJA governing body), activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors rise the top, as did Cameró and Sanabria when the awards were handed out at The Jazz Standard in New York City Wednesday, June 18, 2008.
Now in his 87th year, Candido Cameró is still actively recording and performing. In fact, recently he won a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master saluting his long term musical vitality. Arriving in NYC in 1946, Candido was first to employ multi-conga setups, thereby facilitating heightened melodic content and raising the profile of the Latin percussionist. In addition, Candido, who played with virtually every contemporary musician--from Mario Bauzá and Mongo Santamaría to Miles Davis and Randy Weston--has been credited with...