Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On (2LP)
Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On (2LP)
Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On (2LP)
Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On (2LP)

Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy - Let Your Light Shine On (2LP)

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Nicola Conte - guitars

Bridgette Amofah - lead and backing vocals (A1, A3, B1, C3, D2-3)

Carolina Bussico - lead and backing vocals (A1, A3, C1, D3)

Zara McFarlane - lead and backing vocals (A2)

Zoe Modica - lead and backing vocals (B3, D1)

Gianluca Petrella - trombone, Mini Moog

Logan Richardson - alto saxophone

Magnus Lindgren - tenor saxophone, flutes

Theo Croker – trumpet

Pietro Lussu - piano. Vox organ, Wurlitzer electric piano, Fender Rhodes

Luca Alemanno - double bass, electric bass

Teppo Makynen - drums, percussion

Abdissa Assefa - congas, percussion

Tommaso Cappellato - drums (B2)

Nduduzo Makhathini - Fender Rhodes

Tumi Mogorossi – drums

Tlale Kakhene - percussion (C2)

Seby Burgio - organ (C3, D2)

Mike Rubini - baritone saxophone (C3).


2 LPs, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Optimal Media GmbH

Label : MPS

Original Label : MPS

Recorded at Sudestudio, Guagnano, Lecce, Italy

Engineered by Filippo Bubbico

Released in 2018



Side A :

  1. Uhuru Na Umoja
  2. Ogun
  3. Cosmic Peace

Side B :

  1. Universal Rhythm
  2. Mystic Revelation of the Gods
  3. Let Your Light Shine On

Side C :

  1. Space Dimensions
  2. Tribes from the Unknown
  3. Me Do Wo

Side D :

  1. Essence of the Sun
  2. Love Power
  3. Afro Black



“One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But music is only one of many real good things this set has going on.

Light is the first album by internationally-renown Italian DJ, composer, guitarist, bandleader and producer Nicola Conte for Germany's esteemed jazz label MPS Records. "For me, when it comes to European labels, MPS has always been leading the way," Conte explains. "'Jazz Meets the World on MPS,' that was their motto. It wasn't about exploiting trends, it was about genuine artistic expression."

Recorded in Conte's hometown of Bari (Italy) and in Johannesburg (South Africa), Light orbits around Conte's Spiritual Galaxy, a truly global ensemble comprising musicians from Italy, Sweden, and Finland, joined on this recording by soloists Theo Croker (trumpet) and Logan Richardson (alto sax) from the US, and British singer Zara McFarlane, with several local musicians jumping into the Johannesburg sessions.” All About Jazz Review by Chris M. Slawecki, November 2, 2018


“Nicola Conte's 2016 full-length, Natural, cut in collaboration with vocalist/songwriter Stefania DiPierro, offered the Italian pair's long-held mutual love affair with Brazilian jazz-funk with an all-star band. Afterwards, Conte's road band -- including longtime collaborator Gianluca Petrella -- delivered a pair of hard-grooving Afro-jazz-inspired 12"s, 2017's "Sun Song"/"Nigeria" and 2018's "African Spirits"/"New World Shuffle," which offered fans a taste of what they were cooking up for Let Your Light Shine On. While Conte has been recording for the revamped Schema for years, this marks his debut for the resurrected MPS, and he's assembled a killer international band that includes his live players -- Petrella, Swedish sax great Magnus Lindgren, and vocalist Bridgette Amofa -- and guests such as American saxophonist Logan Richardson, trumpeter Theo Croker, South African pianist/keyboardist, Nduduzo Makhathini, and vocalists Zara McFarlane, Carolina Bubbico, and Zoe Modica, with a host of percussionists from the African continent.

The set was recorded at Blue Spirits Studio in Milan and Moya Sound Studio in Johannesburg. This date extends the reach of the two singles while remaining rooted in an expressionist aesthetic that the leader/guitarist/composer calls "Cosmic Afro-jazz" and/or "Afro-soul." First single "Cosmic Peace" is introduced by Lindgren's illustrative flute, a Vox organ, rumbling funk bassline, and wah-wah guitar atop a drum kit and layers of hand percussion as Bubbico and Amofah trade verses. Opener "Uhuru Na Umoja" finds both vocalists singing in unison atop spacy yet interwoven guitar lines before Lindgren lays out a Coltrane-esque tenor break. Two other tunes, "Mystic Revelation of the Gods" and "Me Do Wo," also delve into Conte's take on Fela Kuti's signature sound as it meets modal jazz. Speaking of Coltrane, Conte and Spiritual Galaxy attach a rendition of the traditional Afro-Brazilian folk song "Ogun" here that was first cut by the late saxophonist as "Ogunde" on Expression. This version is also modal, but offers a strident declaration of longing, and the approach is more speculative; McFarlane's vocal adds a pillowy, spacy effect to the music's series of questions. The title track is a showcase for Modica; it's an Afro-soul groover with shuffling breaks, a cascading backing chorus, and gauzy Rhodes piano." Official closer "Afro Black" is a stellar piece of progressive Afro-Latin jazz with wafting, droning keyboards adding an otherness to its sublime melody. Another highlight, "Space Dimensions," offers a crystalline piano under Bubbico's sensual, drifting, open alto singing. Virtually every track on this hour-long set illustrates a hyperreal portrait of Conte and Spiritual Galaxy as a canny, well-seasoned unit capable of pulling off anything they wish, while exploring the rest for future excursions.” AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 4,57 / 5

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