'All The Best' of Zucchero Sees January Release on Verve

15 Song Anthology Features Performances by Pavarotti, Miles Davis and John

Lee Hooker

4 New Recordings Included

Nov 12, 2007, 00:00 ET from Verve Music Group

    NEW YORK, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Verve Music Group announces the
 January 22, 2008, release of "All The Best", a collection of hits from the
 multi-million-selling Italian singer-songwriter Zucchero. "All The Best" is
 an affectionate compilation of 15 tracks whose original releases span from
 1986 to the present, including four new tracks recorded specifically for
 this release. Several tracks contain stellar guest performances from
 artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Vanessa
     Perhaps no other recording artist in the world has recorded as many
 successful -- and diverse -- collaborations as the singer-songwriter from
 Emilia-Romagna. "All The Best" features Zucchero's first such collaboration
 with jazz legend Miles Davis. In 1988, Davis came through Italy on a world
 tour and was very impressed when he heard Zucchero's song Dune Mosse, which
 was a radio hit at that time. The obvious blues influences that Zucchero
 mixed unabashedly with romantic, Italian melodies appealed to Davis so much
 that he proposed that they record Dune Mosse together in New York. Ali
 D'oro, recorded in 2001, also features another great American musician,
 John Lee Hooker, in the last recording of his career.
     In a recent interview Zucchero confided that he was proud of the close
 bonds he's formed with English-speaking artists such as Eric Clapton, Bono,
 Ray Charles and Miles Davis. "It's not easy," he says, "for a continental
 European artist to get the respect from an English or American artist. I
 think it's different for me because my music is a little bit different. I
 have a lot of influences coming from the blues, soul, gospel and Italian
 melodies. It's a mixture of things they find interesting."
     Zucchero has also made lasting friendships at home. The 'neighbor', as
 Zucchero liked to call his fellow provincial from Emilio Romagna, Luciano
 Pavarotti, first recorded with him in 1992 resulting in the hit song
 Miserere. The pair worked together on annual charity events for over twenty
 years involving their many friends from the worlds of classical and pop
 music. "He left a great void in my life," admits Zucchero. He dedicated his
 recent concert at Carnegie Hall to his long-time friend.
     "All The Best" includes a 1995 version of Senza Una Donna, the song
 that brought Zucchero international fame when he recorded it with Paul
 Young in 1990. Additional tracks include Baila, Nel cosi' blue, Bacco, Un
 kilo, Il volo, Diavolo and Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime, featuring
 Vanessa Carlton. New tracks include Wonderful Life, a cover of the 1980s
 hit by the British band Black, as well as I Won't Let You Down, Amen, and
 You Are So Beautiful.
     Never one to rest on his laurels, Zucchero continues to seek the
 recognition in the United States that he enjoys in the rest of the world.
 He admits that it's difficult for a European artist to break into the
 American market but adds, "I think that the times are changing. Americans
 are more open to Italian music now. And we are trying to do our best."
 Zucchero plans to woo Americans yet again with a US tour in fall 2008.
     For further information regarding Zucchero, please contact Mark
 Gartenberg at mark@mglimited.com or Tracy Mann at tmann@mglimited.com or
 call 212-532-3184.

SOURCE Verve Music Group