Expect sharp-suited retro jazz with a Bossa Nova flavour and funky edge from Conte, who is renowned for introducing an innovative, uniquely Italian style of jazz that incorporates Bossa Nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960s and beyond. These very special shows feature Conte’s latest album Free Souls and a new edition of his Jazz Combo feat London based singer Zara McFarlane.
Free Souls is a pure soul album which is based on the early 60s change of direction in musical research, especially in Jazz: a turn into deepness.
There was an urgent need to walk away from the research of an aesthetic dimension, in order to move towards a more intimate objective, closer to human feelings and spirituality.
“Horizontal” improvisations appeared to decrease, while “vertical” thrived: a movement directed to If we had to find a way to situate now Free Souls, in an age in which everything has been already played, from Rebetiko to Gamelan, from Rap to Klezmer - an era where mannerism is background music for supermarkets – those are the times we should look at. In those times deepness enfolded a way of conceiving music, especially Afro-American music which is naturally nourished by Jazz and its derivatives.
Check this beautiful Nicola track in collaboration with Gregory Porter in 2012