"The harsh smoker's voice, a piano style, which seems to be in a honky-tonk bar equally at home in a tango palace or a Broadway theater, and the belief of a weathered romanticist have Paolo Conte in Italy to a well known songwriter made, "it said a few years ago in the New York Times. But for some time the popularity Contes extends far beyond over the borders of Italy. Also in the rest of Europe has its name an incredible tension.
On January 6, 1937 Paolo Conte was born in the small northern Italian town of Asti wine. During his school years he developed a passion for jazz and the visual arts. By writing your own songs he begins spontaneously, almost instinctively: only together with his brother Giorgio, then alone, he produced songs that inspire him books, movies or personal experiences. Yet he proposes after school once a different career one: it completes a law degree with a thesis and practiced for several years as an attorney. but the side he plays vibraphone in local bands, with whom he occasionally goes on tour. In 1960, he finished third at a jazz competition in Oslo. Under the name Paul (sic!) Conte Quartet he took 1962 first jazz EP for RCA, however, finds no great response.
In the second half of the 60s he wakes with his compositions, however, the attention of other artists, and a number of popular singers starts to pick pieces of it. So the Italian (and sometimes international) audience Paolo Conte learns as idiosyncratic as unusual songs initially even know by other artists: "La coppia più bella del mondo" and "Azzurro" for example by Adriano Celentano, "Insieme a te non ci sto più "by Caterina Caselli," Tripoli '69 "by Patty Pravo," Messico e nuvole "by Enzo Jannacci and" Genova per noi "and" Onda su onda "by bruno lauzi.
His own recording career as a singer and pianist Paolo Conte begins in 1974 with his debut album "Paolo Conte". After the public so far only knew his talents as a songwriter, she now learns its casual, know sometimes almost weary voice acting balancing nonchalantly on the tightrope of melody, poetic fragments of brief encounters, sudden enthusiasm moments and nostalgic memories told. A year later appears the second (again "Paolo Conte" titled) album with another collection of songs similar quality.
Greater visibility it gains in 1979 with the album "Un Gelato Al Limon", the early 80s, followed by the two albums "Paris Milonga" and "Appunti di Viaggio", strengthen the reputation Paolo Conte in Italy. The international breakthrough then 1984 succeeds with an album that - once again - the familiar title "Paolo Conte" bears. It brings Europe him rave reviews. Right after the release, he traveled to France to give a series of acclaimed concerts at the Théâtre de Ville in Paris. The tour he finished with sold-out concerts throughout Italy. The enthusiastic atmosphere of this tour is documented on the live double album "Concerti" that comes out 1985th
In another double album, "Aguaplano" reveals Paolo Conte 1987 international (some tracks he sings in English and French) and stylistically varied than before. The tour following the release of this album takes him to Canada, France, Holland (where he fOr her albums gold and platinum awards receives)., Germany, Belgium, Austria, Greece and Spain The highlight are there for Conte but two appearances at the legendary New York jazz club blue Note. Also at renowned jazz festivals in Montreux, Montreal, Juan-Les-Pins and Nancy the singing pianist tears with the audience. After the tour a live album, which was recorded in the Spectrum in Montreal, and a video ( "Nel Cuore di Amsterdam"), which was recorded in the Royal Carré Theatre in Amsterdam appears.
Then Paolo Conte observed a short breather before settling in 1990 with the new studio album "Parole D'Amore Scritte A Macchina" Previous reports. The songwriter presents it not only brand new songs, but also a new sound: the first time he has been experimenting with electronic means and can be supported by background singers. The portrait created for the cover of the album drew the friend of Conte Hugo Pratt. The Italian comic artist and -Author gained in 1970 through its "Corto Maltese" comic stories international celebrity. 1982 wrote Paolo Conte for a theater stage adaptation of the book, the music. And in the same year illustrated Pratt twenty Conte songs for a book, which was dedicated to the songwriter. At this time, Conte was already a prominent figure in Italian art and literary circles. 1991 Receives the songwriter the Librex Guggenheim prize in the "verses to music."
The next album is 1992 'Novecento ". It marks Contes return to his old, well-liked style that has its roots in jazz, tango and cabaret music. Has. 1993 includes the release of another live album: "tour" includes nineteen concert recordings from 1991 to 1993. In the same year the song lyric collection "Le Parole di Paolo Conte", which in 1997 will expand reissued appear yet. The English edition, "The Words Of Paolo Conte", appears in 1999. Already in 1989 had the cloud-Verlag "All texts" in the original and German translations, and with a preface by Wolfgang Sandner (FAZ) published.
In 1995, the album "Una Faccia In Prestito", working closely on the Conte with bassist Jino Touche, percussionist Daniele Di Gregorio and accordionist and multi-instrumentalist Massimo Pitzianti appear. Some tracks also isolated other members of Contes solid backing band go into the sessions.
A year later the compilation "The Best Of Paolo Conte" appear in Europe. The twenty selected songs add to the album for the first true anthology of the artist together - each of them has its place in the history of Italian pop music: among which "Azzurro", "Bartali", are "Genova per noi", "Boogie "and" Via con me ". In addition to these internationally known and popular songs, the collection but also includes some personal favorites of the artist: about "Colleghi trascurati", "Max" and "Gong Oh". Two years after the release in Europe the CD comes out in the US. For the promotion of the artist is touring the States and occurs i.a. in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco on. An overwhelming success! The compilation is also named by the New Yorker and Rolling Stone for "Album of the Year".
1998 appears a new double live album entitled "Tournée 2". In addition to live versions of already known title "Roba da Amilcare" the album also contains live recordings of previously unreleased tracks like the instrumental "Swing", "Legendary", "Irresistible", and "Nottegiorno". 1999 Paolo Conte appointed "Cavaliere di Gran Croce" of the Italian Republic.
appear on CD and DVD "Razmataz" In November 2000th The DVD contains an installation of 1,800 self-made by Conte drawings, music and dialogues. The program is a design for a musical revue, settled in Paris in the '20s, that was then the place where the representatives of the European avant-garde met with the protagonists of the new black music. Two years traveling Conte with this program through Europe. With sold-out concerts he not only presents the songs of the project, but in parallel exhibitions occasionally his drawings.
In spring 2001, the Italians then the United States, where he reappears in large concert halls in New York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles visited for the second time. In May of the same year Paolo Conte appointed in France for "Chevalier dans l'ordre des arts et letters". Zwei years thereafter, the Faculty of Modern Literature of the University of Macerata gives him honorary doctorates. In return, Conte holds a talk entitled "The times of inspiration: The Afternoon".
In April 2003, the album "Reveries" is world - a collection of sixteen classic Conte songs, twelve of which were re-recorded with new, more contemporary arrangements. To this end, had gone into the studio Paolo Conte with all the musicians who had accompanied him in the previous two years on his "Razmataz" -Tourneen. The new recordings of these twelve songs are interesting for many reasons. The title track of the album, which were previously only in a live version on the album "tour" is, for example, a true masterpiece. Also classics like "Dancing", "Diavolo rosso" and "Sud America" received brand new arrangements and give the CD listener an impression of how Conte interprets these pieces at concerts. The new versions are fundamentally different from those of the albums of the 80s. After this album was initially released by Nonesuch in the US, it appears later in the rest of the world. Also in 2003, "Einaudi Parole e Canzoni" series will be issued a box in the dedicated Paolo Conte. In the accompanying book "Si Sbagliava da Professionisti" commented the songwriter a few of his songs. The introduction written Andrea Camilleri and the composer / pianist Nicola Piovani, which was established in 1998 for the music for Roberto Benigni-film "Life is Beautiful" honored with an Oscar. The box also contains a produced by Renzo Fantini DVD, Expresses to the Paolo Conte in a rare and extensive interview about his art.
In 2004, which was nine years after his last album with new songs, Paolo Conte "Elegia" brings out. With the thirteen new songs matured artist impressively demonstrates its unbroken poetic and musical originality. Thematically, many songs revolve around life or the life worth living.
"Paolo Conte Live Arena di Verona" appears in the following year, again as CD and DVD. The repertoire includes in addition to six pieces of the data published in the previous year album "Elegia" and the two "La donna d'inverno" and "Gioco d'azzardo". The CD also features a brand new song: "Cuanta Pasion". The number was added to the Gypsy Kings guitarist Mario Reyes and the Spanish singer Carmen Amor in Studio Conte.
In May 2007, replaced by Conte a second honorary doctorate, this time from the Academy of Fine Arts in Catanzaro. There, too, he thanks with a lecture: "Razmataz - the beautiful Negritude".
In June 2008, it comes in Lyon premiered the "Paolo Symphonique" program. In the first part of the concert Paolo Conte performing with his historic band while dazugesellt the second a symphony orchestra of Lyon, conducted by Bruno Fontaine. On offer old and some new pieces from the compositional fundus of Paolo Conte. On july 31, Conte repeated the program in Athens with the Greek Radio Symphony Orchestra and the beginning of september, he runs it on two evenings in Paris with the Orchestre National d'Ile de France.
On the day of the first Paris concert (5 September 2008) is Paolo Conte the press finally his new album "Psyche" before. The again produced by Renzo Fantini album contains fifteen new songs and is likely one of the most significant albums of Songwriters, singer and pianist to be. In the contemplative songs Paolo Conte reflected about the human psyche and grants - as always - Surprising insights.
No less brilliant is 2010, the album "Nelson", on which the now 73-year-old again presented numerous new songs of the patina of swinging jazz of the 1920s and 1930s plated. but under these jazzy title he also mixes kicking a francophone chanson, songs with South American flair (Bossa Nova, Mambo and Tango) and a piece that is half blues, half-cabaret music. But Conte indulges not only in sounds of yesteryear. In pop "C'est beau" (where he guest star Laura Conti and his bassist Jino Touche lead vocals About Ran) and especially in "Sarah" He cautiously experiments with modern style shapes and grooves.
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