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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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FARO 126CD Nicola Conte - Viagem - A Collection Of 60's Brazilian Bossa Nova & Jazz Samba album art Nicola Conte Viagem - A Collection Of 60's Brazilian Bossa Nova & Jazz Samba (Comp) Far Out Recordings FARO 126CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
UCCU 1218 Nicola Conte - Spiritual Swingers ... Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz From Universal Music Archives album art Nicola Conte Spiritual Swingers ... Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz From Universal Music Archives (Comp) Universal Music UCCU 1218 Japan 2009 Sell This Version
FARO140CD Nicola Conte - Viagem Vol. 2 - A Swinging Journey Through The Lost Classics Of 60's Popular Brazilian Music album art Nicola Conte Viagem Vol. 2 - A Swinging Journey Through The Lost Classics Of 60's Popular Brazilian Music (Comp) Far Out Recordings FARO140CD UK 2009 Sell This Version
FARO156CD Nicola Conte - Viagem Vol. 3 - A Collection Of 60s Brazilian Bossa Nova And Jazz Samba album art Nicola Conte Viagem Vol. 3 - A Collection Of 60s Brazilian Bossa Nova And Jazz Samba (Comp) Far Out Recordings FARO156CD UK 2011 Sell This Version
FARO166CD Nicola Conte - Viagem Vol. 4 - Lost Bossa & Samba Jazz Classics From The Swinging Brazilian '60s album art Nicola Conte Viagem Vol. 4 - Lost Bossa & Samba Jazz Classics From The Swinging Brazilian '60s (Comp) Far Out Recordings FARO166CD UK 2012 Sell This Version
FARO174CD Nicola Conte - Viagem Vol. 5 - Lost Bossa And Samba Jazz Classics From The Swinging Brazilian '60s album art Nicola Conte Viagem Vol. 5 - Lost Bossa And Samba Jazz Classics From The Swinging Brazilian '60s (Comp) Far Out Recordings FARO174CD UK 2013 Sell This Version
UCCO-4085 Nicola Conte - Mystic Prestige ... Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz From Prestige Archives album art Nicola Conte Mystic Prestige ... Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz From Prestige Archives(CD, Comp) Prestige UCCO-4085 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
UCCQ-1036 Nicola Conte - Nicola Conte Presents Blue Note Tribe...Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz From Blue Note Archives album art Nicola Conte Nicola Conte Presents Blue Note Tribe...Deep, Afrocentric, Modal Jazz From Blue Note Archives(CD, Comp) Blue Note UCCQ-1036 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
0212269MS1 Nicola Conte - Cosmic Forest - The Spiritual Sounds Of MPS album art Nicola Conte Cosmic Forest - The Spiritual Sounds Of MPS(2xLP, Comp) MPS Records 0212269MS1 Germany 2018 Sell This Version
Emt Nicola Conte - The New Sounds Of '60 album art Nicola Conte The New Sounds Of '60(Cass, Comp, Mixtape, Promo) EMT Emt Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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jimthing

jimthing

October 25, 2005
edited over 12 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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