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Trumpeter Chris Bottis "Indian Summer" is one of the freshest smooth jazz singles heard on the radio for awhile, and it just further cements Botti's status as one of the genre's top stars. He gets tons of recognition opening for Sting, and deservedly so. Like fellow trumpeter Rick Braun, Botti plays notes that move the heart while writing memorable melodies that can stick in your head all day. This guy is as smooth as Burt Bacharach, from whom he borrows two songs. The well-worn "The Look of Love" is given a mild drums-and-bass treatment, a go-go groove and some vocal refrains from Chantal Kreviazuk. Is there a better song for the mournful trumpet? The other Bacharach song is "The Last Three Minutes," which has what Botti calls a "tougher rhythm" than he's ever done before. It's a great track.
The rest of the CD is sophisticated and cool, just the ticket to enter chill-out mode. It ends perfectly with a trumpet-piano duet with Steve Lindsey that sounds like the soundtrack to our lives.
Track Listing: Indian Summer; Do It in Luxury; The Look of Love; A Thousand Kisses Deep; Ever Since We Met; Back Into My Heart; My Funny Valentine; The Last Three Minutes; If I Could; She Comes From Somewhere; Love Gets Old.
Personnel: Chris Botti: trumpet; Dean Parks: guitar; Steve Lindsay: piano and keyboards; Mark Goldenberg: drum programming and keyboards; Keefus Ciancia: Moog Voyager bass, keyboards; Smokey Hormel: electric guitar; Chantal Kreviazuk: vocals; Joey Waronker: drums; Printz Board: drum porgramming; Lenny Castro: percussion; Bridget Benenate: vocals; Matthew Gerard: drum programming, synth bass; Billy Childs: piano; Mike Elizando: bass.