Nicola Conte

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Nicola Conte
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Latin-jazz artist, composer, producer, and DJ from Bari, Italy.

Born: 1964 in Bari, Apulia, Italy.

Along with recording many albums of his own, Conte has recorded and produced for a great many other artists, including Rosalia De Souza, Barbara Dennerlein, Stefania Di Pierro, and more. He also has several regular musicians he has worked with, including Gianluca Petrella, Fabrizio Bosso, Pietro Lussu, Sandro Deidda, Pietro Ciancaglini, Daniele Scannapieco, Lorenzo Tucci, et al. Many of these artists are associated acts on his regular Italian label Schema, which he too manly records for, although many of his albums have received international distribution by the major Universal Music Group, under several of their labels.

He has also been quite a prolific remix producer, usually releasing many remixes or reversions for other artists each year, including several for Japanese artist Tatsuo Sunaga (aka Sunaga T Experience) and for jazz band associates The Five Corners Quintet.

Along with recording/remixing, he also DJ's internationally, and has compiled several compilations, two of which feature over several volumes; "Viagem" and the "Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz Series".
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Albums

SCLP 314 Jet Sounds — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Jet Sounds (Album) Schema SCLP 314 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
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SCCD 333 Garota Moderna — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza - Garota Moderna (Album) Schema SCCD 333 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
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RBCS-2021 Jet Sounds Revisited — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Jet Sounds Revisited (Album) Schema RBCS-2021 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
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4738192 Other Directions — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Other Directions (Album) Blue Note 4738192 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
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SCCD 383, sccd 383 Garota Diferente — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza - Garota Diferente(CD, Album) Schema, Schema SCCD 383, sccd 383 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
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none Rituals — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Rituals (Album) Schema none France 2008 Sell This Version
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0602527687087 Love & Revolution — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Love & Revolution (Album) Impulse!, Universal Classics & Jazz 0602527687087 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
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none Free Souls — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Free Souls (Album) Schema none UK 2014 Sell This Version
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FARO 188LP Natural — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro* Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro* - Natural (Album) Far Out Recordings FARO 188LP UK 2016 Sell This Version
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0213124MS1P Let Your Light Shine On — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On (Album) MPS Records 0213124MS1P Germany 2018 Sell This Version
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SCLP491 People Need People — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte / Gianluca Petrella Nicola Conte / Gianluca Petrella - People Need People (Album) Schema SCLP491 Italy 2021 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

SCEP 312 Bossa Per Due — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Bossa Per Due Schema SCEP 312 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
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SCEP 317, SCNP 317 Jet Sounds — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Jet Sounds (Single) Schema, Schema SCEP 317, SCNP 317 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
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SCEP 326 Bossa Per Due / The In Samba — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Bossa Per Due / The In Samba Schema SCEP 326 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
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SCEP 325 Forma 2000 — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Forma 2000(12") Schema SCEP 325 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
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ESL 036 Sound File 002 — Nicola Conte Thievery Corporation Vs Nicola Conte Thievery Corporation Vs Nicola Conte - Sound File 002(10") Eighteenth Street Lounge Music ESL 036 US 2001 Sell This Version
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SCEP 336 New Standards — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella - New Standards (Single) Schema SCEP 336 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
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SCEP 334 La Coda Del Diavolo / Missione A Bombay — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte La Coda Del Diavolo / Missione A Bombay(12") Schema SCEP 334 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
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SCEP 349 Maria Moita / Adriana / Canto De Ossanha — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza - Maria Moita / Adriana / Canto De Ossanha(12") Schema SCEP 349 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
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SCEP 364 Two Unreleased Gems From The Freedom Jazz Dance Project — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte / Gerardo Frisina Nicola Conte / Gerardo Frisina - Two Unreleased Gems From The Freedom Jazz Dance Project(12") Schema SCEP 364 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
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none Kind Of Sunshine / Impulso — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Kind Of Sunshine / Impulso (Single) Schema none Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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SCEP 379 Adriana / Saudosismo — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza - Adriana / Saudosismo(12") Schema SCEP 379 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
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07243 8169322 3 A Time For Spring — Nicola Conte Nicola Conte A Time For Spring(CD, Single, Promo, Car) Blue Note 07243 8169322 3 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
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07243 8169322 0 Nicola Conte Other Directions(CD, Single, Promo) Blue Note 07243 8169322 0 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
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WWEXCL1 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 1 — Nicola Conte The Cinematic Orchestra / Nicola Conte The Cinematic Orchestra / Nicola Conte - Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 1(10", Promo) Talkin' Loud WWEXCL1 UK 2004 Sell This Version

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jimthing

jimthing

October 25, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
Genius is not a word I like to use lightly, but I could almost certainly say this freely about this man without seeming disingenuous or over-the-top.

There is a good reason why so many people have had him either remix or reversion their own tracks, and simply listening to his work will tell you why...

To be honest, early work from Nicola is much more a la lounge music (check his album "Jet Sounds"), but soon after changed into a much more appealing, in my opinion, sophisticated production sound, that not only any '60s afficionado would appreciate but also the modern crossover jazz dancefloors in London, Tokyo, NYC could fully comprehend & admire.

Just a look at any of his later work, proves just how effective he is at his art. After previously remixing Tatsuo Sunaga's "It's You" to perfection (a Japanese 12"), he followed it up with his remix of Sunaga's (aka Sunaga T Experience) "No Reaon No Rhyme" (where he completely reversioned the track into 'A Mode For Tatsuo' - and what a MODE it is; stunning). Another highlight, amongst many others, is his Re:Jazz "Quiet Nights" reversion, which bumps along with his signature piano lines & extra orchestrations taking the listener away to the sky's ...ouch!

It wasn't long before, the biggest jazz label of them all, Blue Note, cottoned-on to his extraordinary talents and released his "Other Directions" album (well at least the CD version of it; of course his beloved original label Schema did a beautiful vinyl 2LP package with bonus tracks!), anyway this album is just perfection, and good sales followed accordingly.

Most recently "Rituals" repeats the success, and provides the listener with 1960's jazz and beyond, featuring some great artists like José James et al.

I must say that I personally will be holding out for his next projects. Be it a remix, reversion, or completely new work.

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