Zucchero – Chocabeck
Formaat : CD
Label : Universal
Release : November 2010
Zucchero brak in 1985 door in zijn thuisland Italië na deelname aan het Festival van Sanremo, maar de rest van Europa moest nog even wachten tot zijn duet met Paul Young Senza Una Donna om kennis met hem te maken.
Daarnaast heeft de maestro diverse hits als Diamante en Il Volo op zijn naam staan en nam hij prachtige duetten op met onder andere Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti en onze eigen Ilse de Lange. Zucchero wordt beïnvloed door klassieke muziek, gospel, blues en rock. In zijn geheel eigen stijl vullen de soms zoete en soms rauwe tonen elkaar perfect aan.
Op zijn nieuwe album Chocabeck werkte Zucchero samen met een keur aan internationale muzikanten. Het album is opgenomen in Los Angeles, Bolgheri (Italie) en Londen en klinkt fantastisch, mede dankzij het sterrenteam dat Zucchero ditmaal formeerde: Don Was produceerde 8 songs, Brendan O’Brien produceerde 3 tracks en op de titeltrack Chocabeck zingt niemand minder dan Brian Wilson de backing vocals. Bono tekende voor de tekst van het nummer Someone Else’s Tears, Roland Orzabal voor de tekst van God Bless The Child.
In the Reggiano dialect “choka” means “make a noise” and “beck” means “beak”.
“It was an expression my father used when I was a child. Whenever I asked him if there was anything to eat, rather than tell me there was nothing, he would say “A ghe di chocabeck” – “There’s chocabeck”.
“For ages I thought these “chocabecks” were really good to eat. I’m still looking forward to having some !!!”
— Zucchero 2010
Adelmo Fornaciari, better known to the world as Zucchero a nickname given to him by one of his school teachers has achieved world wide acclaim since winning the Italian Castrocaro Festival in 1981.
Zucchero has performed in front of millions of people in many countries on different continents. However the emotion in Zucchero’s words and the feeling in his music is something that we all share, it is international. There are no boundaries.
His 1987 album ‘Blue’s’ with Corrado Rustici, David Sancious plus Clarence Clemons and the Memphis Horns sold in excess of 1.3 million copies and was the biggest commercial breakthrough ever achieved by a rock music album in Italy. Since then Zucchero has gone on to sell over 15 million albums worldwide.
His duet’s are legendary from Eric Clapton’s unmistakable guitar on ‘Wonderful World’’ to the international hit ‘Senza Una Donna’ (Without a Woman) with Paul Young. From the Italian version of ‘Mad about You ’, (Muoio per te) on Sting’s ‘The Soul Cages’ album to ‘Miserere’ with the Maestro, Luciano Pavarotti.
Zucchero is as generous with his time as with his talent. With Luciano Pavarotti he devised the Pavarotti & Friends charity gala which is now an annual event and he continues to support Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign with concerts throughout the world.
November 2010 sees the release of ‘Chocabeck’, already hailed as one of the best, if not the best album ever written by Zucchero. Recorded across the Globe including stints in Los Angeles, Bolgheri, and London the album features production from some of music’s best known alumni including Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison) and Brendan O’Brien (AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam). Additional production also comes from people who were at the helm of the incredibly successful last Coldplay record (Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends) messrs Jon Hopkins and Davide Rossi. Featuring some of Zucchero’s most poignant and touching lyrics he also managed to enlist the assistance of his good friends Bono (who the lyrics for the track ‘Someone Else’s Tears’ ((Il Suono Della Domenica)) and Brian Wilson (who recorded backing vocals for the title track). With this new record Zucchero opens up a new chapter in his illustrious and coveted career.
CHOCABECK BY ZUCCHERO
track by track
Zucchero has nothing against the new technology or the pick’n’mix culture of the download generation. But, he explains, his new album is made to be enjoyed in the traditional way. “When I make an album it’s like a painting. You can’t take one piece of the painting and say ‘Just give me this flower, and that horse,’ and then leave the rest. It makes more sense if you take the whole picture.”
The songs on Chocabeck loosely follow the cycle of life in an imaginary countryside location not dissimilar to Reggio Emilia, the tiny settlement in the north of Italy where Zucchero comes from. “This album is all about my roots,” he says. “Fragments of life and emotions on a typical Sunday from dawn to dusk in the village where I grew up.”
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