Nicola Conte


OTHER DIRECTIONS
SC 386
SCHEMA
Release date 2010

2 CD

2011 will be the 20th ANNIVERSARY of EDIZIONI ISHTAR, the music and record Company which through the Schema label has published the best productions of the modern/electronic Jazz scene, and there is not better way to celebrate it than with “OTHER DIRECTIONS” by NICOLA CONTE. This record, produced with an admired respect for the classic jazz tradition yet innovative at the same time, originally licensed to the legendary Blue Note in 2004, is now reissued in a new luxury edition. It includes an extra CD featuring the tracks previously released on vinyl (“Other Directions” SCLP 386 Vol.1&2), plus some unreleased ones. Always in balance between Jazz and Bossa Nova, “Other Directions” reveals a Nicola Conte’s compositive soul bounded to accomplished acoustic atmospheres. Furthermore the composer's intention is to communicate not only through the music but through the lyrics too, showing a talented and learned songwriter. Inspired both by the beat literature (The Dharma Bums is a true homage to Jack Kerouac) and the English one (Wanin' Moon is inspired by a Percy Shelley's poem), also the cinema and dramaturgy influenced the composer: Le Depart is a reassessment of the piece written in '67 by Krzysztof Komeda for the namesake Jerzy Skolimovsky's movie, and All Gone is a homage to Joseph Losey's “Il Servo,” a '60s black-and-white movie directed by Harold Pinter. Together with a line up of Italian and international artists such as Gianluca Petrella, Daniele Scannapieco, Pietro Lussu, Lorenzo Tucci, Fabrizio Bosso, Nicola Stilo, Till Brönner, Nicola traces with great skill the sensuality of the dialogue between the winds and the piano, he beats and emphasizes its rhythms, and adds some extremely elastic voices, the most remarkable of which belongs to Cristina Zavalloni. The bonus CD contains the unreleased Danubian, Teardrop Painted Blue and Quiet Stars; the cover of Charade, a brilliant and innovative reinterpretation of the classic by Henry Mancini; Bohemian’s Dilemma, Waltz Of The Sirens and the extended version of Kind Of Sunshine, all taken from the vinyl release; the alternative take of Wanin’ Moon, chosen by Gilles Peterson for his compilation “Worldwide Exclusive”, and a new version of Nefertiti, released on the Schema compilation “Freedom Jazz Dance”. “The music of “Other Directions” buds from the fascination which ’50s-’60s jazz influenced me for a certain period, thanks to musicians of the calibre of Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Yusef Lateef and many others. It represents the heart of my artistic choices as it is reflected in my way of feeling. My intention was to offer to this Afro-American tradition a European key of reading and I believe I have given a more romantic interpretation to those atmospheres.”

Nicola Conte






101.Sea and Sand
102.Wanin' Moon
103.Nefertiti
104.Impulso
105.A Time For Spring
106.Kind Of Sunshine
107.Aphrodite's Dream
108.Several Shades Of Dawn
109.The Dharma Bums
110.All Gone
111.Other Directions
112.The In Between
113.Le Depart
201.Charade
202.Danubian
203.Bohemian's Dilemma
204.Nefertiti (alternative version)
205.Waltz Of The Sirens
206.Teardrop Painted Blue
207.Quiet Stars
208.Kind Of Sunshine (extended version)
209.Wanin' Moon (alternative take)