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.