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Nicola Conte

Other Directions

2004

Clubjazz

The Italian composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist's Blue Note debut stands in contrast with his better known early DJ sets. Featuring an organic jazz band -- that includes flugelhornist Fabrizio Bosso and saxophonist Daniele Scannapieco -- this album indulges his love of bossa, samba, vintage cool and European jazz, with all the classy swing and soul intact. Till Bronner adds his trumpet and smooth singing to "Sea And Sand."

- Thom Jurek

Premiers Symptômes

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Premiers Symptômes

August 24, 1999

Alternative Pop/Rock

Almost completely instrumental (except for the surprisingly smooth robot croon on "Le Soleil est Pres de Moi"), Premiers Symptomes offers a half-dozen tracks of beautiful, deliciously downtempo synth-pop. It's far more than just a compilation of substandard early material that works best for collectors, it takes its place right next to Moon Safari as another highlight of French electronica.

- John Bush