The Sophisticated World of Schema Records

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Nicola Conte is still a vital part of Schema's story and Free Souls underlines his status as one of the label's most important artists. However, Conte is not a star who likes to bask alone in the spotlight. He has a collaborative nature and this is emphasized by the long list of guests on the album. Trumpeter and singer Till Brönner once again stops by to salute multi-instrumentalist and composer Yusef Lateef on "Prayer for Lateef." Marvin Parks' sweet, soulful voice is another asset to the album. He masters all styles from the smooth groove of the opener "Shades of Joy" to the modern bossa nova "If I Should Lose You" and the slow blues "African Other Blues." Songstress Bridget Amofah takes things in a soul-jazz direction on the title track and "Ode to Billie Joe" while Hoagy Carmichael's string-laden ballad "Baltimore Oriole" gets a groovy Latin reading. Parks and Amofah are just some of the free souls playing on this record, which has been brewing for quite some time. Recordings began in 2006 and in 2014 the final product was released. With its sense of jazz history and encyclopedic mix of genres, the album is almost like a miniature-portrait of Schema. A label that likes to move to the groove and chill with sophistication.

Tracks and Personnel

Indefinita Atmosfera

Tracks: Original Untitled; In Viaggio; Cosmic Funk; G-Bossa; Na Bahia; Quite Enough; Indian Diary; Indefinita Atmosfera; blusamba; Routage.

Personnel: Gianni Bedori flute: tenor saxophone, bass clarinet; Luigi Bonafede: Fender Rhodes, piano, keyboards; Aldo Mella: electric bass; Enzo Zirilli: drums; Gilson Silveira: percussion; Adolfo Laraya Sousa percussion on "Indian Diary"; Barbara Casini voice on "Na Bahia," "G-Bossa," "Original Untitled"; Rhonda Moore voice on "Quite Enough"; Kate Jenkin voice on " Indefinita Atmosfera."


Tracks: More; Bossa Memorandum; Coctail Con Laura; Cuori Solitari; The Bachelor Waltz; A Man and a Woman; Un Posto Per Me; Intrigo A Francoforte; Mrs Beat; The Girl from Montenegro; A Day in the Life of a Fool: Dreamflight; Nessun Dolere; Metti Una Sera A Cena (Fez Remix); Metti Una Sera A Cena (Jazzanova Remix).

Personnel: Davide Penta: Fender bass, arrangements; Alessandro Piscitelli: Bongos, Percussion; Michele Di Monte: drums; Guido De Leone: guitar; Mariella Carbonara: lead vocals; Pippo Lombardo: Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Keyboards; Fabrizio Bosso: Trumpet, Flugelhorn; G. Lombardo: arrangements; Nicola Conte: arrangements.

Act On

Tracks: Blue Grassland; The Aftermath of Love; Essential Spices; Kickin' Samba; Inspired by Antonio Carlos; Mutantes; Grasping; Court Intrigues; Act On; Riding the Mambo; Mainstream.

Personnel: Enzo Lo Greco: acoustic & electric bass, flute, guitars, keyboards, programming; Gianni Lo Greco: drums & percussion; Giulio Visibelli: flutes; Fabrizio Bernosconi: Fender Rhodes; Massimo Colombo: Fender Rhodes; Antonella Mazza: bass, vocals.

Les Hommes

Tracks: In Spring; Intraspettro; Six and Eight; Weegee; Pousada Do Amor; The Fourth Homme; Vista Do Mar; Hommage; Boogaloogalick; The Way-Out.

Personnel: Rory More: organ; Vladimiro Carboni: drums; Tarek Abou-Chanab: conga, vibraphone, moog; Deborah Wykes: vocals; Beat Girl: vocals; Rosalia De Souza: vocals.

Brasil Precisa Balancar

Tracks: Onde Anda O Meu Amor; Voz Da Lapa; Que Bandeira; Ao Amigo Tom; Brasil Precisa Balancar; Jogo De Roda; Agarradinho; Nem Que Seja A Nado; Rio De Janairo; Mar Amar; Um Nova Dia; Vivo Sonhando; O Que Amar.

Personnel: Adriano Giffoni: double bass; Marcio Bahia: drums; Roberto Menescal: guitar, arrangements; Sidinho: percussion; Adriano Souza: piano; Sergio Galvão: saxophone, flute; Roberto Rossi: trombone; Guta Menezes: trumpet, flugelhorn, harmonica.


Tracks: Minas; Cigana; Breque Bom; O Tempo É Aqui; Rainha, Divino; Mané; Versos Perdidos; Sem Par; Vendaval; Meu Rio; Bate.

Personnel: Toco: vocals; Nina Miranda: vocals; Ligiana Costa: vocals; Roberto Taufic: acoustic guitar; Eduardo Taufic: Rhodes piano & Wurlitzer; Edu Hebling: double bass; Mauro Martins: drums; Stefano Tirone: electric guitar, wurlitzer, programming, hammond; Marquinho Baboo: percussion; Elisa Mini: backing vocals; Bebe Caruso: trombone; Marco Brioschi: trumpet & flugelhorn; Germano Zenga: tenor saxophone; Luca Campioni: violin; Andrea Aloisi: violin; Elisabetta Danelli: viola; Saverio Gliozzi: cello; Ramiro Levy: vocals; Ricardo Fischmann: vocals; Eduardo Stein Dechtiar: vocals; Daniel Plentz: vocals.

2 Sets

Tracks: Into Shade; Clap Hands; River Man; Lost Mind; Jockey Full of Bourbon; There's a Lull in My Life; Concierto De Aranjuez / The Way Young Lovers Do; Corpus Christi Carol; Things Behind the Sun; Soon It's Gonna Rain; The Part You Throw Away; Ill Wind; Saidas E. Bandeiras; Fruit Tree; The Night We Called It a Day.

Personnel: Steve Evans: vocals; Jake Vinsel: bass; Noritaka Tanaka: drums; Leandro Lopez Varady: piano.

Handful of Soul

Tracks: A Child Runs Free; No Mercy For Me; This Is What You Are; Rio De Janeiro Blue; Slow Hot Wind; A Handful of Soul; Never Die; On a Clear Day; Gig; I Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes; No Trouble on the Mountain; I'm Her Daddy.

Personnel: Mario Biondi: vocals; Luca Mannutza: piano; Fabrizio Bosso: trumpet, flugelhorn; Daniele Scannapieco: tenor saxophone; Pietro Ciancaglini: bass; Lorenzo Tucci: drums; Sandro De Bellis: percussion; Gianluca Petralla: trombone.

Someway Still I Do

Tracks: Open Up Your Eyes; Livin' My Life; So Long, Goodbye; Secret Lover; Greeting from Here; But Not for You; Someway Still I Do; Stay Into My Life; L'estate È Qua; Suddenly; Something Fine; Blind Date Blues.

Personnel: Jenny B: vocals; Liam MacKahey: vocals; Rosalia De Souza: vocals; Renata Tosi: vocals; Stefania Rava: vocals; Alessandro Magnanini: acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals; Nicola Balestri: banjo; Daniele Scannapieco: tenor saxophone; Fabrizio Bosso: trumpet, flugelhorn; Andrea Giuffredi: trumpet; Giuseppe di Benedetto: trombone; Luca Mannutza: piano; Giovanni Guerretti: Fender Rhodes piano; Pasquale Bardaro: vibraphone; Pietro Ciancaglini: double bass; Paolo Gialdi: electric bass; Lorenzo Tucci: drums; Luca Florian: percussion; Oscar Abelli: percussion; Stefania Rava: background vocals; Alberto Carra: background vocals; Renata Tosi: background vocals.

Join the Dance

Tracks: Tata Somba; Will You Walk a Little Faster?; Joy Shout; Waltz for Emily; One More Swing; Mille E Una Notte; Titoro; High Hat; I'm Gonna Go Fishin'; Another Waltz; Bubbly; For My Mother.

Personnel: Norma Winstone: vocals on #02; Francesca Sortino: vocals on #09; Luigi Bonafede: piano; Pasquale Bardaro: vibes; Robert Bonisolo: tenor sax; Alfonso Deidda: baritone sax & flute; Roberto Rossi: trombone; Gianluca Carollo: trumpet; Enzo Lo Greco: double bass; Gianni Lo Greco: drums; Gilson Silveira: percussion; Simone Daclon: piano on #12; Germano Zenga: sax tenor on #12; Ermanno Principe: drums on #12; Enzo Frassi double bass on #12; Paolo Fedreghini: effects on #06; Arranged By Gerardo Frisina and Luca Mannutza.

Other Directions

Tracks: Sea and Sand; Wanin' Moon; Nefertiti; Impulso; A Time for Spring; Kind of Sunshine; Aphrodite's Dream; Several Shades of Dawn; The Dharma Bums; All Gone; Other Directions; The In Between; Le Depart; Charade; Danubian; Bohemian's Dilemma; Nefertiti (alternative version); Waltz of the Sirens; Teardrop Painted Blue; Quiet Star; Kind of Sunshine (extended version); Wanin' Moon (alternative take).

Personnel: Gianluca Petrella: trombone; Daniele Scannapieco: tenor saxophone; Fabrizio Bosso: trumpet, flugelhorn; Rosario Giuliani: alto saxophone; Till Brönner: trumpet, vocals; Pietro Lussi: piano; Pietro Ciancaglini: double bass; Lorenzo Tucci: drums; Nicola Stilo: flute; Pierpaolo Bisogno: bongos & vibraphone; Nicola Conte: guitar; Cristina Zavalloni: vocals; Bembe Segue: vocals; Lucia Minetti: vocals; Lisa Bassenge: vocals.

Free Souls

Tracks: Shades of Joy; Goddess of the Sea; Free Souls; Spirit of Nature; Ode to Billie Joe; Soul Revelation; Ahmad's Blues; If I Should Lose You; Baltimore Oriole; Uhuru; Sandalia Dela; African Other Blues; Sunrise; A Prayer for Lateef.

Personnel: Magnus Lindgren: tenor sax and flutes; Francesco Lento: trumpet; Gaetano Partipilo: alto sax; Timo Lassy: baritone sax and flute on track 9; Pietro Lussu: piano & wurlitzer electric piano; Luca Alemanno: double bass & fender bass; Paolo Benedettini: double bass on track 1, 11 and 13; Teppo Makynen: drums on track 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 13; Lorenzo Tucci: drums on track 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12; Pietro Ciancaglini—double bass on track 2, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 12; Pierpaolo Bisogno-congas & percussions; Nicola Conte: guitars; Fabrizio Bosso—trumpet on track 12; Rosario Giuliani: alto sax on track 8 and 12; Greg Osby: alto sax on track 7; Logan Richardson: alto sax on track 13; Daniele Scannapieco: tenor sax on track 10; Flavio Boltro: trumpet on track 8; Michael Pinto: vibraphone on track 6, 7 and 9; Liviana Ferri: tambourine on track 5 and congas and percussion on track 12; Jose James on track 2; Bridgette Amofah: vocals on track 3, 5 and 9; Melanie Charles: vocals on track 4 and 7; Marvin Parks: vocals on track 1, 8 and 13; Tasha's World: vocals on track 6 and 10; Heidi Vogel: vocals on track 11; All background vocals by Bridgette, Melanie, Heidi, Tasha's World. Kim Sanders on track 2 only.



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