Nicola Conte is an Italian DJ, producer, guitarist, and bandleader, known initially for introducing an innovative style of acid jazz that incorporates bossa nova themes, melodies drawn from Italian film scores of the 1960s, easy listening themes, and ethnic Indian music. Latterly, he has focused much more of his music on latin jazz, with both his albums Other Directions (2004, Blue Note & Schema) and Rituals (2008, Schema), and very many remixes he has done for contemporaries stretching across many closely related genres.
Conte is a classically-trained musician, is an innovative jazz revivalist. Part of what was termed "The Fez Collective", based in the Italian town of Bari, and the Idizioni-Ishatr/Schema Records; their record label for promoting a distinctly Italian approach to acid jazz, and jazz music as a whole.
Conte's first album was Jet Sounds of 2000. The single "Bossa Per Due" gained international recognition and was an underground hit. It was used within a short time for a prime-time commercial for Acura automobiles. The album was licensed for American distribution by Thievery Corporation's Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) label in the summer of 2001 as Bossa Per Due, and was a slightly reconfigured version of the Italian Jet Sounds album. This was followed by the Jet Sounds Revisited remix album in late 2002. Two years later, Blue Note's French subsidiary released Conte's next album Other Directions. In November 2008, Conte released his latest album, Rituals.
In November 2009, Nicola released "The Modern Sound of Nicola Conte", versions in jazz-dub, on Schema records. Unlike his 2002 remix album which featured artists largely reworking his songs, this two CD set had Nicola releasing original titles and featured some of his jazz styled remixes of other people's works.
Conte has also produced albums by other artists such as Rosalia De Souza and Paolo Achenza Trio.