30 September 2006
CANDIDO - BEAUTIFUL
Five in a row from the mighty Blue Note Lable!
Review from the ever excellent Soul Strut
Candido was known as the "Man with a thousand fingers". On Beautiful Candido did nothing to dispel that image. The first side is all covers that get thorough rearrangements and the funky infusion of Candido's excellent conga playing. First up is Richie Havens? I'm On My Way, an upbeat number with Candido's pounding percussion highlighted in a series of breaks and breakdowns in the middle and some sharp horn work. Booker T's Tic Tac Toe is slow and catchy with a Latin influenced middle bridge and some nice organ work. Gamble and Huff's Hey, Western Union Man also has a series of conga breaks. Serenade To A Savage is a darker piece that focuses around the interplay between Richard Davis' bass and Candido's percussion. New World In The Morning sounds like a 60s Pop tune but again has a series of conga breaks towards the end. The second side, which consists mostly of originals, continues on where the first left off. Beautiful and Money Man and all have tight musicianship and a series of breakdowns to highlight the congas. Ghana Spice (Part One and Two) are slower numbers with an African influence and more play between Davis and Can dido. If you like Mongo Santamaria or b-boy breaks, you'll like Candido.