Master Composers: Nicola Conte brings on many singers as Free Souls amps up the Wow Factor

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Nicola Conte brought some serious singers on his 2014 album that took five years to produce in Italy.

The likes of Bridgette Amofah, Melanie Charles, Marvin Parks, Jose James, Heidi Vogel, and Tasha’s World (not related to any adult film website) make this album excellent for late night listening or pleasant dinner party conversation.

The first three tracks are first rate, from “Shades of Joy” to the many female background singers listed above along with Kim Sanders doing a superb rendition of “Goddess of The Sea.”  The title track is also an excellent listen.  I wonder also if Bridget had that certain baseball team which resides in the American League Eastern Division and surprised everyone in upsetting the heavily favored New York Yankees to reach the postseason in 2014.  But the song, “Baltimore Oriole” instead talked about the famous bird that you see smiling on their caps and uniforms for many games at Camden Yards.

The other songs offer a decent, melodic pace throughout.  I give this album five stars.

Even as we remember those who lost their lives in that senseless tragedy in Paris, some excellent news for a special fan of this blog

Fabiana Passoni does it again.  She received a special Lifetime Achievement Award in Brazil on Saturday.  I am sure if you follow her on social media, there are lots of cool pics including one shot of her barefoot posing on a row of red clay bricks.

She is back in her homeland as she recorded another single.  More details on when it will be released at a later date.  I wonder if she composed a special song dedicated to the 2016 Summer Olympics?

Next week will be final regular blog review before the annual quartet of holiday reviews as Eliane Elias continues to shine on the Brazilian jazz music scene.  See you all later in the week.


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