Nicola Conte

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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Nicola Conte Discography

Albums

Nicola Conte Jet Sounds (Album) Schema Italy 2000 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Jet Sounds Revisited (Album) Schema Japan 2002 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza - Garota Moderna (Album) Schema Italy 2002 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Other Directions (Album) Blue Note Italy 2004 Sell This Version
SCCD 383, sccd 383 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
Nicola Conte Rituals (Album) Schema Japan 2008 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Love & Revolution (Album) Impulse!, Universal Classics & Jazz Europe 2011 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Free Souls (Album) Schema UK 2014 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro* Nicola Conte Presents Stefania Dipierro* - Natural (Album) Far Out Recordings UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Nicola Conte Bossa Per Due Schema Italy 1999 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Jet Sounds Schema, Schema Italy 1999 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte Bossa Per Due / The In Samba Schema Italy 2000 Sell This Version
SCEP 325 Nicola Conte Forma 2000(12") Schema SCEP 325 Italy 2000 Sell This Version
ESL 036 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
SCEP 334 Nicola Conte La Coda Del Diavolo / Missione A Bombay(12") Schema SCEP 334 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
SCEP 336 Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella Nicola Conte & Gianluca Petrella - New Standards(12") Schema SCEP 336 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
SCEP 364 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
Nicola Conte Kind Of Sunshine / Impulso (Single) Schema Europe 2004 Sell This Version
SCEP 379 Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza Nicola Conte Apresenta Rosalia De Souza - Adriana / Saudosismo(12") Schema SCEP 379 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
WWEXCL1 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
NCLVSCDP1 Nicola Conte Like Leaves In The Wind(CD, Single, Promo) Schema NCLVSCDP1 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
Nicola Conte The Modern Sound Of Nicola Conte: Versions In Jazz-Dub (Comp, EP) Schema, Schema Italy 2009 Sell This Version
SC710 Nicola Conte Feat. Heidi Vogel / Bridgette Amofah Nicola Conte Feat. Heidi Vogel / Bridgette Amofah - Sandalia Dela / Baltimore Oriole(7", Single) Schema SC710 Italy 2014 Sell This Version
SC708 Nicola Conte Free Souls(7", Single) Schema SC708 Italy 2014 Sell This Version

Compilations

Nicola Conte Viagem Vol. 2 - A Swinging Journey Through The Lost Classics Of 60's Popular Brazilian Music (Comp) Far Out Recordings UK 2009 Sell This Version

Reviews

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jimthing

jimthing

October 25, 2005
edited over 6 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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