Zucchero & Co.

Zucchero & Co.

by Zucchero


Italian star Zucchero has coaxed a wide variety of fellow artists into the studio over the years, and those vocal duets and other collaborations are gathered together on this collection, covering a period of over 15 years. This is one of those albums on which, intentionally, the selling point is the laundry list of co-stars, which is formidable: Jeff Beck, Andrea Bocelli, Bono (as a songwriter), Solomon Burke, Vanessa Carlton (on piano), Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Miles Davis, Haylie Ecker of Bond, Macy Gray, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Cheb Mami, Mexican group Maná, Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries, Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, and Paul Young. These luminaries join Zucchero to sing and play a batch of his songs (and sometimes co-write them), with many of the lyrics in English. Zucchero has one of those familiar gruff rock baritones, most reminiscent of Peter Gabriel, though it sounds at times like Joe Cocker and even ascends into a Sting-like tenor. The music is mostly also familiar, bearing the trappings of Euro-American classic rock balladeering in a manner that ruled adult contemporary radio for much of the 1980s and '90s. It's no wonder that the album is a co-production of the Concord label, known for its classy jazz catalog but lately branching out into pop, and Hear Music, the recording arm of the Starbucks Coffee company. It's easy to imagine this music playing at a low volume in the nearest Starbucks coffee shop and intriguing patrons who recognize the voice of Sheryl Crow or a guitar lick by Eric Clapton and wonder where it comes from. And that's appropriate, since this album is as much a marketing concept as it is a musical one.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2005
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0013431230120
catalogNumber: 2301

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Zucchero   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron
John Lee Hooker   Vocals
Cheb Mami   Vocals
Jeff Beck   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Solomon Burke   Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Paul Young   Vocals
Miles Davis   Trumpet
David Sancious   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Luciano Pavarotti   Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Vocals
Maná   Vocals
Zachary Alford   Drums
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Steve Gadd   Drums
Nick Ingman   Conductor
B.B. King   Guitar,Vocals
Dolores O'Riordan   Vocals
Pino Palladino   Bass
Benny Rietveld   Bass Guitar
Corrado Rustici   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Michael Urbano   Percussion,Drums
Peter-John Vettese   Organ
Sharon White   Background Vocals
Andrea Bocelli   Vocals
Arthur Miles   Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Lawrence Johnson   Background Vocals
Luciano Luisi   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,ARP,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
James Thompson   Background Vocals
Mino Vergnaghi   Background Vocals
Simona Pirone   Background Vocals
Polo Jones   Bass
Gaetano Diodato   Bass
Toby Baker   Keyboards
Lisa Hunt   Vocals
Ruggero Robin   Acoustic Guitar
Macy Gray   Vocals
Michelle John Douglas   Background Vocals
Haylie Ecker   Violin
Vanessa Carlton   Piano,Vocals
Fher   Vocals
Massimo Marcolini   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro
James Thomson   Background Vocals
Giorgio Francis   Drums
New Orleans Gospel Choir   Vocals
Chance   Vocals
Stefano Zappaterra   Leader
Aida   Background Vocals
Dominique Miller   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Massimo Feltham   Dobro
Sergio   Vocals
Wil Malone   Conductor

Technical Credits

Cheb Mami   Composer
Solomon Burke   Composer
Zucchero   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Bono   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer,Audio Production
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Frank Musker   Composer
John O'Brien   Programming
Dolores O'Riordan   Composer
Devon Rietveld   Engineer
Corrado Rustici   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Lester Snell   Arranger,Director
James Warren   Composer
Luciano Luisi   Arranger,Programming,Audio Production
Michele Torpedine   Executive Producer
Robyx   Arranger,Composer
Toby Baker   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Leonardo Rosi   Arranger
Nuria Diaz   Composer
Raquel Diaz   Composer
Fabio Berruti   Art Direction
Marco Canepa   Arranger
Massimo Marcolini   Arranger,Programming
Sarah Eden Davis   Composer
E. Bazilian   Composer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements,Audio Production

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Zucchero & Co. 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought this CD I knew I had bought something fresh. Zucchero's ability to remaster some of his older works and update them has blown me away. It is rare when you can find music that is not self absorbing. This man knows how to share a stage. EXCELLENT
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the stength of "I Lay Down" with John Lee Hooker this CD is wouderful, the vocals are similar to Peter Gabriel. Clearly Zucchero is a hidden talent in North America.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic copulation of music and artists that sets the romantic mood. You can feel the music right down to your toes. This is the third that I have purchased - everyone keeps wanting mine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
over the last 5 years. Not that I listen to a lot of music but this has powerful voices (Dolores O'Riordan, John Lee Hooker, others!!) and great guitar (Clapton - although the DVD done at Albert Hall in London has Brian May!!!!!!) A Classic in my view
Anonymous More than 1 year ago