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Love & Revolution

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On each of his recordings, jazz auteur Nicola Conte has explored a different side of his multi-faceted personality as a conceptualist, a composer, and a guitarist. While there is some overlap on each of his last three offerings, he combines various styles in new and compelling ways -- all with large casts of players. Love & Revolution -- gorgeously arranged by Magnus Lindgren with many returning players from 2009's Rituals -- employs the sounds of sunshine Euro-pop, jazz balladry, and Eastern-tinged and modal jazz. There are eight different vocalists, and stellar soloists including trumpeters Till Brönner and Flavio Boltro, saxophonists Lindgren, Timo Lassy, and Tim ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
On each of his recordings, jazz auteur Nicola Conte has explored a different side of his multi-faceted personality as a conceptualist, a composer, and a guitarist. While there is some overlap on each of his last three offerings, he combines various styles in new and compelling ways -- all with large casts of players. Love & Revolution -- gorgeously arranged by Magnus Lindgren with many returning players from 2009's Rituals -- employs the sounds of sunshine Euro-pop, jazz balladry, and Eastern-tinged and modal jazz. There are eight different vocalists, and stellar soloists including trumpeters Till Brönner and Flavio Boltro, saxophonists Lindgren, Timo Lassy, and Tim Warfield, a stellar rhythm section, and other selective personnel. Conte plays guitar, but it's his direction, compositions, and choice of cover material that really shine. Gregory Porter's singing and Bridgette Amofah's backing vocals fuel the groovy "Do You Feel Like I Feel," that has traces of a big-band arrangement of "Workin' on a Groovy Thing," with its sprightly, warm horn section and shimmering tambourines and snare drums topped by a sax break from Lindgren. José James and Nailah Porter duet on the smooth soul-jazz nugget "Love from the Sun," backed by a smaller group. Lindgren's arrangement borrows its opening vamp from Mario Biondi's hit "This Is What You Are." James takes the lead on a beautiful reading of Dave Mackay and Vicky Hamilton's "Here" from their 1969 self-titled offering. The reeds and winds swoon and swoop yet leave room for a fine solo by Brönner. Another real groover is "Black Spirits" with Nailah Porter's vocal leading the Afro-Cuban strut. Melanie Charles' voice fronts the airy, flute-heavy samba arrangement of "Shiva." Speaking of Charles, her voice on Conte's title track -- the album's funkiest -- is simultaneously steamy and declarative, holding in its grain a new and savvy hope. The covers of Jackie McLean's "Ghana" with lyrics by Conte and Cal Massey's "Quit Dawn" with Gregory Porter's and Charles' vocals, respectively, are excellent interpretations of these classics for the 21st century. Ghalia Benali's vocal in front of the knotty tentet on the traditional "Ra in Egypt" is transformative, with its Middle Eastern modes infused with Italian jazz classicism. Likewise, the swirling reading of Ed Rose's "All Praise to Allah" and the languid, deeply soulful interpretation of Mal Waldron's "Temple of Far East" the latter with lyrics by Conte, and James' finest vocal on the album, move the set's direction into a new sonic terrain that blurs jazz's subgenres while remaining faithful to the intent of the originals. Love & Revolution finds Conte at an energetic, focused, creative peak; he's making new music that solidly points at the global future of jazz, even as it unabashedly gathers information from the deep sources of its rich, varied history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • Label: Universal Uk
  • UPC: 602527687087
  • Catalog Number: 2768708
  • Sales rank: 144,523

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Do You Feel Like I Feel (3:52)
  2. 2 Love From the Sun (4:32)
  3. 3 Here (3:51)
  4. 4 Black Spirits (5:44)
  5. 5 Mystery of You (4:22)
  6. 6 Shiva (5:29)
  7. 7 Ghana (5:09)
  8. 8 Quiet Dawn (4:45)
  9. 9 Scarborough Fair (4:02)
  10. 10 Love and Revolution (3:35)
  11. 11 Bantu (5:59)
  12. 12 All Praises go Allah (4:30)
  13. 13 Ra In Egypt (4:01)
  14. 14 Temple of Far East (6:06)
  15. 15 I'm the Air (4:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nicola Conte Primary Artist, Guitar
Tim Warfield Tenor Saxophone
Till Brönner Trumpet
Flavio Boltro Trumpet
Fabrizio Bosso Trumpet
Gaetano Partipilo Alto, Flute, Alto Saxophone
Ghalia Benali Vocals
Nicolas Folmer Trumpet
Teppo Mäkynen Drums
Pietro Lussu Piano, Electric Piano
Magnus Lindgren Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Timo Lassy Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Baritone
José James Vocals
Pierpaolo Bisogno Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Logan Richardson Alto Saxophone
Harcsa Veronika Vocals
Bridgette Amofah Vocals, Background Vocals
Paolo Benedettini Double Bass
Alice Ricciardi Vocals
Gregory Porter Vocals
Nailah Porter Vocals, Background Vocals
Bert Cornelis Sitar
Andrea Santoro electronics
Peter Fredriksson Trombone
Melanie Charles Vocals
Moufadhel Adhoum Luth
Azzadine Jazouli Percussion
Technical Credits
Art Garfunkel Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Mal Waldron Composer
Dave MacKay Composer
Cal Massey Composer
Wayne Garfield Composer
Jackie McLean Composer
Frank Peterson Composer
Antonio Baglio Mastering
Carl Clay Composer
Tommy Cavalieri Engineer
Traditional Composer
Nicola Conte Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Vicky Hamilton Composer
Magnus Lindgren Arranger
Roberta Dispoto Art Direction, Picture
Antonio Coppola Picture
Ed Rose Composer
Andrea Santoro Composer, Programming
Takuo Sato Picture
Nicola Righetti Cover Art
Great Tha Kabukicho Picture
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