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Free Souls
Free Souls (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: SC 468LP. Rel: 30 May 14
Jazz
  1. Shades Of Joy (feat Marvin Parks & Magnus Lindgren)
  2. Goddess Of The Sea (feat Jose James)
  3. African Other Blues (feat Marvin Parks & Fabrizio Bosso)
  4. Ahmad's Blues (feat Melanie Charles)
  5. Free Souls (feat Bridgette Amofah)
  6. Ode To Billie Joe (feat Bridgette Amofah)
  7. Soul Revelation (feat Tasha's World)
  8. Sandalia Dela (feat Heidi Vogel)
  9. Baltimore Oriole (feat Bridgette Amofah)
  10. Astral Rivers (feat Heidi Vogel)
  11. If I Should Lose You (feat Marvin Parks)
  12. Sunrise (feat Logan Richardson)
  13. A Prayer For Lateef (feat Till Bronner)
  14. Spirit Of Nature (feat Melanie Charles)
  15. Uhuru (feat Bridgette Amofah)
Review: Fresh from curating the latest Viagem Volume 4 bossa and samba opus, Conte returns with his fifth artist album. Recruiting a crack troupe of vocalists and musicians, there's a great sense of consistency throughout as the likes of Marvin Parks, Heidi Vogel and Bridgette Amofah appear regularly, there's a slick steadiness that other collaborative albums lack. Naturally with Conte, the main constancy is undiluted jazz in all its many sexy shapes and styles: the smoky naked pianos and trumpets of "Ahmad's Blues", the finger-clicking big band swing of "Goddess Of The Sea", the emphatic bluesy jazzy funk of "Ode To Billie Joe", the summery, sun-splashed samba swing of "Sandalia Dela"... The list goes on. Beautiful, soulful and timeless.
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Free Souls
Cat: SC 708. Rel: 09 Apr 14
Soul
  1. Free Souls (feat Bridgette Amofah)
  2. Shades Of Joy (feat Marvin Parks)
Review: Storied Latin-jazz artist, composer, producer, and DJ Nicola Conte lays down a marker for his upcoming fifth studio album Free Souls with this delightful 7" of the same name. Brandishing two gens from the album, Conte's channelling soul jazz at it's purest on the title track, with a rhythm and blues arrangement that provides the perfect backing for Bridgette Amofah's gliding vocal delivery. On the B Side, "Shades Of Joy" is equally as memorable with Marvin Parks' soft croon enveloped in the smooth double bass and horn section. On the basis of this, the forthcoming album should be one of Conte's finest yet!

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Rituals Volume 1 & 2
Rituals Volume 1 & 2 (gatefold 180 gram vinyl 2xLP)
Cat: SCLP 441. Rel: 04 Nov 08
Jazz
  1. The Nubian Queens
  2. Caravan
  3. Karma Flowers
  4. Rituals
  5. Castles In The Rain
  6. Love In
  7. Macedonia
  8. Black Is The Graceful Veil (alternative version)
  9. Paper Clouds
  10. Like Leaves In The Wind
  11. The Shaman
  12. I See All Shades Of You
 in stock $37.18
Kind Of Sunshine
Cat: SCEP 382. Rel: 01 Oct 04
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Kind Of Sunshine
  2. Impulso
 in stock $12.67
People Need People
Cat: SCCD 491. Rel: 04 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. Hold On To Your Dreams
  2. The Higher Love
  3. Imani River
  4. Nigeria
  5. People Need People
  6. Inner Light
  7. New World Shuffle
  8. Good Juju
  9. African Spirits
  10. Tribes
  11. Mother Of The Earth
 in stock $17.00
People Need People
People Need People (gatefold 2xLP)
Cat: SCLP 491. Rel: 04 Mar 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
  1. People Need People (4:18)
  2. Hold On To Your Dreams (4:51)
  3. Nigeria (5:06)
  4. Imani River (4:58)
  5. The Higher Love (4:10)
  6. Tribes (6:43)
  7. Inner Light (6:20)
  8. African Spirits (6:39)
  9. New World Shuffle (6:37)
  10. Good Juju (3:50)
  11. Mother Of The Earth (4:51)
Review: Long-established Italian producer Nicola Conte started working with jazz trombobist Gianluca Petrella back in 2017. In the years since, they've released a string of singles that fuse contemporary house sounds with the rhythms and musical styles of Africa. Here they present their collaborative debut album, People Need People, an effortlessly soulful affair that draws deeply on the pair's joint love of deep jazz-funk (see 'Hold On To Your Dreams') and the funk-fuelled goodness of Afrobeat ('Nigeria'). Throw in versions of those previously released singles (think 'African Spirits' and 'New World Shuffle' for starters), and you've got a highly entertaining full of high-quality musicianship and plenty of life-affirming melodic motifs.
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African Spirits
Cat: SCEP 480. Rel: 29 Nov 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
  1. African Spirits (7:33)
  2. New World Shuffle (feat Bridgette Amofah) (7:50)
Review: Last spotted on wax together 16 years ago on New Standards, Italian kindred spirits and diggers Conte and Petrella collide once again. A culmination of many records savoured and ideas shared between the two friends, this 12" is long overdue and fizzes with fusion. "African Spirit" is focused on a rolling tribal MAW style house rhythm with Gianluca adding his signature trombone with staccato finesse while "New World Shuffle" is a much dreamier, smoky affair that sounds perfect any time between sunset and sunrise. Spiritual.
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Cosmic Forest: The Spiritual Sound Of MPS:1965-1975
Nicola CONTE/VARIOUS
Cat: 0212256MS 1. Rel: 02 Oct 18
Jazz
  1. The Third Wave - "Maiden Voyage"
  2. Nathan Davis - "Evolution"
  3. Dexter Gordon & Slide Hampton - "A Day In Vienna"
  4. Motihar Trio, Schweizer Trio, Schoof & Wilen - "Yaad"
  5. George Gruntz - "Djerbi"
  6. The Albert Mangelsdorff Quartet - "Never Let It End"
  7. Smoke - "Shelda"
  8. Michael Naura Quartet - "Soledad De Murcia"
  9. The MPS Rhythm Combination & Brass - "Timbales Calientes"
  10. El Babaku - "El Babaku"
  11. Hannibal & The Sunrise Orchestra - "Revelation"
  12. Tony Scott & The Indonesian Allstars - "Burungkaka Tua"
  13. Dave Pike Set - "Raga Jeeva Swara"
Review: As part of their ongoing 50th birthday celebrations, German jazz label MPS asked Italian musician and crate digger Nicola Conte to trawl through their archives for spiritual gold. The result is "Cosmic Forest", an eye-opening set of largely obscure and little known tracks originally recorded between 1965 and 75. There is much "straight-up" spiritual jazz to enjoy (Nathan Davis' "Evolution" being a prime example), but it's the cuts that draw on a wider palette of influences that really stand out. Check, for example, the Middle Eastern flourishes of George Gruntz's "Djerbi", the hippy-ish vocal bliss of The Third Wave's "Maiden Voyage", the meditative jazz raga that is "Yaad" by Motihar Trio, Schweizer Trio, Schoof & Wilen, and the tropical drums of "El Babaku" by El Babaku.
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