Chris Botti: December (2002)
Botti and his band are on top of this one, with the Christmas tree all lit up. The trumpeter balances the program with simmering ballads. His outstanding album takes the many moods of the holiday season into consideration. Botti also sings, and his youthful, boy-next-door manner becomes rather persuasive. It's humbling: makes you stop for a little while and consider that we live in an age where tradition is still respected, and freedom includes the desire to let the creative juices flow naturally. It was quite considerate of Chris Botti to remember this when he assembled this perfect Christmas gift for all of us.
Track Listing: The Christmas Song; The First Noel; Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow; Hallelujah; Perfect Day; Santa Claus is Coming to Town; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Winter Wonderland; The Little Drummer Boy; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Silent Night; I?ll Be Home For Christmas.
Personnel: Chris Botti- trumpet, trumpet & vocal on ?Perfect Day? and ?Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas;? Billy Childs- piano, Fender Rhodes; C.J. Vanston- synth, piano, organ; Anthony Wilson, Shane Fontayne, Heitor Pereira- guitar; David Carpenter, Jon Ossman, Jimmy Haslip- bass; Peter Erskine- drums, percussion; Vinnie Colaiuta- drums; Bob Sheppard- alto flute, tenor saxophone; Brandon Fields- tenor saxophone; John J. Wittenberg, Gina Kronstadt, Susan Chatman, Joel G. Derouin- violin; Andrew E. Picken- viola; Mary Anne Steinberger- cello; Richard Marx- background vocals.
Record Label: Columbia Records