Nicola Conte Albums!

Italian DJ/producer Nicola Conte’s loungey brand of acid jazz relies extensively on bossa nova, but is also heavily influenced by the swinging soundtracks of Italian films in the ’60s and ’70s, plus touches of ethnic music and easy listening kitsch reminiscent of Japan’s Pizzicato Five. Part of the loose-knit Fez collective of artsy acid jazz revivalists centered in the Italian town of Bari, Conte was a classically trained musician who instead moved into production and DJing, working with artists like the Paolo Achenza Trio, the Fez Combo, Balanco, Quintetto X, and the Intensive Jazz Sextet. Conte also masterminded the Schema label, which gave many of those artists a home and cultivated a trademark, distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz. As for his own recording career, Conte scored an underground hit with his first single, “Bossa Per Due,” which appeared on a variety of compilations and was licensed in the U.S. for an Acura commercial. Conte’s first album to be released in America was also titled Bossa Per Due, a slightly reconfigured version of the Italian Jet Sounds; it appeared on Thievery Corporation’s ESL (Eighteenth Street Lounge) label in the summer of 2001. The remix album Jet Sounds Revisited followed in late 2002. Two years later, Conte bowed on Blue Note’s French subsidiary with an assured jazz date, Other Directions. Quiet Stars and a slew of singles followed before Conte would return with Viagem in 2008.

2000 – Jet Sounds
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Tracklist

01. Arabesque
02. Bossa Per Due
03. Dossier Omega
04. Il Cerchio Rosso
05. Fuoco Fatuo
06. Forma 2000
07. Missione A Bombay
08. Jazz Pour Dadine
09. The In Samba
10. La Coda Del Diavolo
11. Mambo De Los Dandies
12. Jet Sounds
13. Trappola Mortale

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2002 – Jet Sounds Revisited
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Tracklist

01. Arabesque Vocal Version
02. Forma 2000 Reforma 2001
03. Tema In Hi-Fi
04. Jet Sounds
05. Bossa Per Due
06. Fuoco Fatuo
07. New Standards
08. The In Samba
09. Love Me ’till Sunday
10. Missione A Bombay
11. Dossier Omega
12. Mambo De Los Dandies

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2004 – Other Directions
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Tracklist

01. Sea and Sand
02. Wanin’ Moon
03. Nefertiti
04. Impulso
05. Time For Spring
06. Kind Of Sunshine
07. Aphrodite’s Dream
08. Dharma Bums
09. All Gone
11. Other Directions
12. In Between
13. Depart

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2008 – Sketches Of Samba
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Tracklist

01. Groovy Samba
02. Solo
03. The Nubian Queens (Samba Version)
04. Paper Clouds (Uptempo Version)

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2008 – Rituals
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Tracklist

01. Karma Flower
02. The Nubian Quuens
03. Like Leaves In The Wind
04. Love In
05. Awakening
06. Paper Clouds
07. I See All Shades Of You
08. Macedonia
09. Song For The Seasons
10. Red Sun
11. Black Is The Graceful Veil
12. Caravan
13. Rituals

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2009 – The Modern Sound Of Nicola Conte
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Tracklist

CD1
01. Mark Murphy – Stolen Moments (Midnight Mood Rework)
02. Thunderball – Elevated States
03. Akiko – Mood Indigo
04. Fertile Ground – Yellow Daisies
05. [Re:Jazz] – Quiet Nights (Out Of The Cool Version)
06. Nicola conte Jazz Combo – When I Wish Upon A Star
07. Bitter sweet – Heaven (West Coast Vibes Remix)
08. Nicola conte Jazz Combo feat. Jos̬ James РAll Or Nothing At All
09. Nicola conte Jazz Combo – New Blues
10. Maki mannami – Lotus Sun
11. The dining rooms – Flamenco Sketches (New rumba version)
12. Nicola conte – Charade
13. Nicola conte jazz combo – Castles In The Rain

CD2
01. Till Bronner – So Danco Samba (Nicola Conte Rework)
02. Sabrina Malheiros – Terra De Ninguem
03. Nicola Conte Jazz Combo – Solo
04. Marco Di Marco – Take Off (Campi’s idea Version)
05. The Five Corners quintet – Three Corners (For Friends And Relax)
06. Roberto Roena – Take Five (Nicola Conte Remix)
07. Bobby Hughes Combination – kerma elastica (Nicola Conte Remix)
08. Povo – You Are
09. Luisito Quintero – Our Love
10. Micola Conte Jazz Combo – Groovy Samba
11. Sunaga T Experience – No Reason No Rhyme (Mode For Tatsuo)
12. Sunaga T Experience – A Healing Blue (Shape Of Jazz To Come Version)
13. Nicola Conte Jazz Combo – Black Is The Graceful Beil (Acoustic Version)

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