Luis Conte
750px-James Taylor and Luis Conte at Tanglewood
Background information
Born Cuba
Date 16 November 1954
Occupation Musician
Instruments Percussion, guitar
Associated acts Phil Collins
Duran Duran

Luis Conte (born 16 November 1954) is a Cuban percussionist, whose work has included performing on Duran Duran's Pop Trash album.

Early years Edit

As a child in Cuba, Conte began his musical odyssey playing the guitar. However, he soon switched to percussion and that has remained his mode since.

He was sent to Los Angeles by his parents in 1967, in order to prevent him from being forced to serve in the Cuban military. This was a turning point in Conte's life, as the musical community in Los Angeles during this period was vibrant. It was during this time that he studied at Los Angeles City College.

Musical career Edit

Conte proved himself versatile musically, and by 1973, he was playing regularly in local clubs. He quickly became a busy studio musician, and throughout the 1970s, he played in the Latin fusion band Caldera.

In the 1980s, Conte toured with several different musicians, including Madonna, guitarist Al Di Meola, and Andy Narell. His debut as a bandleader came in 1987, when he released La Cocina Caliente, which included a Latinized version of Chopin's "Susarass".

Between 1998 and 2000 Luis performed on Duran Duran's Pop Trash album.

Recently, Conte has toured as part of James Taylor's "Band of Legends". He has also played alongside such famed musicians as Alex Acuña, Larry Klimas and David Garfirld, both as a bandleader and a sideman. Luis Conte was part of Phil Collins 2004 worldwide first farewell tour, performing afro-cuban percussion and adding more depth into the concert songs.

Discography Edit

  • La Cocina Caliente (1987)
  • Black Forest (1989)

References Edit

  • Yanow, Scott (2000). Afro-Cuban Jazz. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. ISBN 087930619X.