Nicola Conte

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Nicola Conte
Born Bari, Apulia, Italy
Genres Bossa nova, acid jazz, jazz fusion, Latin jazz, world music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer, producer, DJ, bandleader
Instruments Guitar
Labels Schema, ESL, Blue Note

Nicola Conte is an Italian DJ, producer, guitarist, and bandleader, known initially for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorporates bossa nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960s, easy listening themes, and traditional Indian music. Recently, he has focused much more on Latin jazz. This focus is evident in his albums Other Directions (2004, Blue Note & Schema) and Rituals (2008, Schema), and many remixes he has done for contemporaries stretching across many closely related genres.

Conte, a classically trained musician, is an innovative jazz revivalist and part of what was termed "The Fez Collective", based in the Apulian city of Bari, and the Idizioni-Ishatr/Schema Records, a record label known for promoting a distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz as well as jazz music as a whole.

Conte's first album was Jet Sounds of 2000. The single "Bossa per due" gained international recognition and was an underground hit. It was used within a short time for a prime-time commercial for Acura automobiles. In 2002, the title track also gained recognition in the United States after it was used in two popular commercial advertisements for Joe Boxer underwear being sold by K-Mart stores. The album was licensed for American distribution by Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label in the summer of 2001 as Bossa Per Due, and was a slightly reconfigured version of the Italian Jet Sounds album. This was followed by the Jet Sounds Revisited remix album in late 2002. Two years later, Blue Note's French subsidiary released Conte's next album Other Directions. In November 2008, Conte released his album, Rituals.

In November 2009, Nicola released The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte - Versions in Jazz-Dub on Schema Records. Unlike his 2002 remix album which featured artists largely reworking his songs, this two-CD set had Nicola releasing original titles and featured some of his jazz styled remixes of other people's works.

His album Love & Revolution was released in 2011.

Conte has also produced albums by other artists such as Rosalia De Souza and Paolo Achenza Trio.



All released on both vinyl and CD (except Love & Revolution, CD only)

  • Jet Sounds (Schema, 2000)
  • Bossa Per Due (Jet Sounds retitled reissue on ESL, 2001)
  • Jet Sounds Revisited (Schema, 2002)
  • Other Directions (Schema/Blue Note, 2004)
  • Rituals (Schema, 2008)
  • The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte (Schema, 2009)
  • Love & Revolution (arranged by Magnus Lindgren) (Impulse!/Universal Italy, 2011)
  • Free Souls (Schema, 2014)


All CD only (except Viagem 4 and Viagem 5)

  • Viagem (Far Out, 2008)
  • Viagem 2 (Far Out, 2009)
  • Viagem 3 (Far Out, 2011)
  • Viagem 4 (Far Out, 2012) – 10" LP edition (Old Gramophone Works/Far Out, 2014)
  • Viagem 5 (Far Out, 2013) – 10" LP edition (Old Gramophone Works/Far Out, 2013)


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