Nicola Conte, Italian producer of finest Jazz albums, guitarist, band leader and style avant-gardist has recently released two new projects on German famous label MPS Records: His 8th studio album (Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy – Let your light shine on)has been released in 2018, recorded in Bari together with his allstar band feat. Gianluca Petrella (trombone), Magnus Lindgren (sax), Logan Richardson (sax),Teppo Mäkynen (drums), Pietro Lusso (piano), Luca Alemanno (bass) and Bridgette Amofah on vocals – and it would not have been Nicola Conte if he wouldn´t have any surprises for his new album: Nicola toured in South Africa in November and recorded 2 tracks with south African jazz musicians: including the new Blue Note Record signing Nduduzo Makhathini and the young talented singer Zoe Modiga.
His upcoming album PEOPLE NEED PEOPLE will be released in May 2020 through his long time Italian label Schema Records: New forms of ‘club-oriented’ music, influenced by various genres, characterize the recent history of our globalized world: the overlapping of individual experiences creates new collaborations, as it happened here: DJ, musician and producer Nicola Conte meets again, sixteen years after the release of “New Standards”, his friend and colleague Gianluca Petrella (Blue Note, ECM), an internationally renowned talent emerged from the Italian jazz scene, an eclectic musician open to new experiences and collaborations.
The collaboration wasn’t limited to the production of these tracks, but involved a collaborative research effort; the two have in fact been diggin’ together, exchanged rare records, sampled and worked with analogue vintage gear. This new album comes from two seasoned Italian jazz men, expressing their idea of a dancefloor; an experiment nodding to the scene of Detroit, with Conte and Petrella filtering and distilling the many impressions and influences coming from jazz to disco, house and beyond.
Some of the tracks such like African Spirit -a spiritual mantra, a simple dancefloor groove capable to induce an ecstatic feel; New World Shuffle- built on the same element and is enhanced by Bridgette Amofah’s vocals; Sun Song – a delightful journey into Detroit-influenced contemporary disco whose mesmerizing and hypnotic samples bring the listener into a buoyant ecstatic trance and Nigeria – the afro-jazz track adding a tribal vibe are available on 3 pre released EPs.
Nicola Conte Spiritual Galaxy performs with the most famous line up possible inclunding Gianluca Petrella on trombone, moog sync and electronics, Bridgette Amofah on vocals, Luca Alemanno on electric bass / double bass, Teppo Mäkynen on drums, Abdissa Assefa on percussion, Simon Moullier on vibraphone & keys, Timo Lassy on saxophone and himself Nicola Conte on guitar and electronics.
Nicola Conte started again to be active as a DJ, presenting a very special Cosmic Afro & Jazz set, which is a warm groovy stylish journey through afro American and African impressions, from 70’s soul & rare funk to afro spiritual jazz to contemporary up to date deep house, nu disco…
From vinyl only !!