Nicola Conte – Free Souls

December 2, 2014 / No Comments / Tags: Bridgette Amofah, Francesco Lento, Free Souls, Greg Osby, Heidi Vogel, Jose James, Luca Alemanno, Magnus Lindgren, Marvin Parks, Melanie Charles, Nicola Conte, Pietro Lussu


With all the releases we receive each week, sometimes one may unintentionally slip by us, but in going back through the vast releases, are we ever glad we discovered this one by Nicola Conte. Free Soul is an outstanding showcase of the wares of Italy-based talented guitarist and producer. Though recording is very vocal-driven, the arrangements allow the musical performances to shine through. Comprised of mostly original compositions, there’s kind of a retro sound to this effort that feels a bit like 60’s soul meet jazz in the twenty-first century. Among the album’s featured vocalists are Jose James, Marvin Parks, Bridgette Amofah, Melanie Charles and Heidi Vogel. The band is tight with Greg Osby on alto sax (for one tune), Magnus Lindgren on tenor sax and flutes,  Francesco Lento on trumpet, Luca Alemanno on bass and Pietro Lussu on piano, just to name a few. The production quality is superb and makes for a very entertaining result. A truly first-rate creation that thankfully made our review cut.

Click to listen to a clip of “Baltimore Oriole”:

Tracks: Shades of Joy, Goddess of The Sea, Free Souls, Spirit of Nature, Ode To Billie Joe, Soul Revelation, Ahmad’s Blues, If I Should Lose You, Baltimore Oriole, Uhuru, Sandalia Dela, African Other Blues, Sunrise.