Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy – Let Your Light Shine On [MPS Records]
This week on Worldwide FM we are celebrating all things Italian with a special week of Via Italia programming. The Morning Mari* album of the week is Let Your Light Shine On by the Italian guitarist and bandleader Nicola Conte, released via the recently re-established MPS records. Conte has brought with him an ensemble of stars including Gianluca Petrella (trombone), trumpeter Theo Croker, saxophonists Logan Richardson and Magnus Lindgren, and singers Zara McFarlane, Bridgette Amofah and Carolina Bubbico.
Recorded in Bari, Italy and Johannesburg, South Africa, “Let Your Light Shine On” is a cohesive and powerful work of art that crosses the border between soul and spiritual Afro-jazz. Nicola Conte joined Gilles for a special broadcast from Bari in 2017 and showcased the rarer records in his collection.
The foundation of “Let Your Light Shine On” is Conte’s live band, Spiritual Galaxy. Conte plays guitar and is accompanied by such top international stars as trombonist Gianluca Petrella, who has been awarded “Best Emerging Artist” by the prestigious DownBeat jazz magazine, Swedish tenor saxophonist Magnus Lindgren, and Finnish drummer Teppo Mäkynen. They meet up with pianist Petro Lusso, bassist Luca Alemanno, and singer Bridgette Amofah. The band also includes two up- and-coming stars of the younger generation of jazz musicians from the USA, players who don’t shy away from Hip Hop, R&B, and electronic music – alto saxophonist Logan Richardson and trumpeter Theo Croker. And from the Italian scene the upcoming talents Carolina Bubbico or drummer Tommaso Cappellato and pianist Seby Burgio.
01 Uhuru Na Umoja
03 Cosmic Peace
04 Universal Rhythm
05 Mystic Revelation Of The Gods 06:12 06 Let Your Light Shine On
07 Space Dimensions
08 Tribes From The Unknown
09 Me Do Wo
10 Essence Of The Sun
11 Love Power
12 Afro Black