Well known Italian guitarist, composer and producer Nicola Conte blesses us with his new album Free Souls this summer. About half of the songs are written or co-written by himself, including the catchy opener Shades of Joy, co-written with Gregory Porter. The others are well selected cover versions such as Ode to Billie Joe. Free Souls is a collection of songs that were recorded between 2006 and 2013, as a side-project in parallel to several other of Conte’s albums.
Unusual for Conte, Free Souls features a fine selection of guest singers such as Marvin Parks, Melanie Charles or Heidi Vogel. Notable guest instrumentalists include Logan Richardson (alto sax) or Till Brönner who features an impressive trumpet solo on A prayer for Lateef.
Nicola Conte’s typical bossa-influenced acid jazz with vintage touch is also predominant throughout his latest album, making Free Souls a very pleasant easy listening experience.