Venus over Venice

Venus over Venice

by Peppino d'AgostinoPeppino d'Agostino


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Because Peppino D'Agostino has such a soft and lyrical approach, Mesa chose to market Venus over Venice as an NAC or smooth jazz effort. This CD is far from hardcore jazz, but it does combine jazz elements with folk and pop--and it employs some jazz musicians, including flutist Steve Kujala, violinist Charlie Bisharat and percussionist Brad Dutz. Pieces like "Goodbye Robbie" (a melancholy ode to the late guitarist Robbie Basho), "Holy Man's Smile" and "Echo of Delphi Valley" are light enough to appeal to NAC tastes, but for D'Agostino, light doesn't mean lightweight. Although his music is gentle, it isn't muzak. D'Agostino is heard as a vocalist on the Italian-language ballad "Ancora un Istante" and a remake of the Four Tops' "Walk Away Renee," which D'Agostino (who doesn't have a great voice but gets his points across) successfully changes from Motown soul to pop-folk. 1988's Sparks would be a better investment, but Venus over Venice is satisfying and decent more often than not.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/1995
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075679250124
catalogNumber: 92501

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peppino d'Agostino   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
David Wilcox   Vocals
Steve Kujala   Wood Flute
Peter White   Accordion
Brad Dutz   Percussion
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Curtis Brengle   Piano
Jack Daro   Acoustic Bass
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Dave Karasony   Drums
Mike Marshall   Mandolin
Nance Pettit   Vocals

Technical Credits

Peppino d'Agostino   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Michael Brown   Composer
Rick Braun   Arranger,Producer
Tom McCauley   Engineer
George Nauful   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jim Snowden   Executive Producer
Michelle Laurencot   Art Direction
Daniel Nevins   Cover Art
Tony Sansone   Composer
Bob Calilli   Composer

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