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Chris Botti & Band: Two-Week Residence at Yoshi's

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Chris BottiYoshi's San Francisco/Yoshi's OaklandJanuary 23 and February 2San Francisco's Fillmore District has re-emerged to claim its rightful status as the epicenter for jazz on the West Coast. This renaissance is thanks to the visionary owners of the Yoshi's enterprise in Oakland, California and now in San Francisco: Kaz Kajimura and Yoshi Akiba. A scene that was thought to be dying has been brought back to life. Trumpeter Chris Botti, who is currently touring to promote his release, Italia (Columbia, 2007), performed to a convivial audience on Wednesday January 23, hardly an unusual feat for an instrumentalist ...

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Chris Botti: Italia

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Trumpeter Chris Botti's interpretations are thoughtful and his original compositions impressive. He's smooth without actually being in the Smooth Jazz category. He improvises, and has a touch of Miles, but doesn't go on at great length. He's in a genre all his own, and that's what makes him so remarkable.

Italia is a formidable set of compositions, ranging from film music to classical opera, along with Botti's title track. It captures the romance and sweeping atmosphere of Italy, and shows Botti's strengths as composer and interpreter.

The opener, “Deborah's Theme (from ...

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Chris Botti: Italia

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When one thinks of Italy certain things come to mind, chief among them--romance, fashion, the culinary arts and a cherished optimistic outlook on life. For years, the Italian arts have chronicled the human condition. And now, prolific trumpeter Chris Botti has personified this through his release, Italia (Columbia, 2007); employing outstanding singers Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole and a posthumous duet with Dean Martin. The result is something truly extraordinary.Musical excellence is synonymous with both Botti and Bocelli. They are storytellers who build upon their vast experiences and musical expertise, employing their sensibilities to create entrancing stories, which contain ...

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An Evening with Chris Botti: Gala and Concert

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Chris BottiMontalvo Arts CenterSaratoga, CaliforniaSeptember 19th, 2007On Wednesday night, concertgoers and performing arts supporters gathered in Saratoga, California at the Montalvo Arts Center--an exquisite venue and an ideal place to see an artist perform. It is quite intimate and offers a convivial atmosphere. The Chris Botti Gala and Concert is a benefit supporting the Montalvo Arts Center's Arts Education programs--an outreach to youth in low-income and underserved schools in the Santa Clara and the San Jose Unified School Districts. Montalvo's mission is to forge meaningful connections between artists and the communities that ...

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Chris Botti: A Night with the San Francisco Symphony

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Chris BottiDavies Symphony Hall San Francisco, CaliforniaJuly 14th, 2007Davies Symphony Hall was abuzz with Chris Botti enthusiasts as they took their seats and the lights dimmed. The evening commenced as Randall Craig Fleischer joined the San Francisco Symphony on stage, leading them in Leonard Bernstein's riveting “Times Square from On the Town. Fleischer announced that every conductor has at one point or another wanted to be exactly like Leonard Bernstein, including himself. In fact, Fleischer once studied with Leonard Bernstein as a conducting fellow at Tanglewood. The evening continued with Cole Porter's “Begin the Beguine, ...

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Chris Botti: December Songs

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Since his debut solo release in 1995, trumpeter Chris Botti is a musician who has gained widespread appeal, presenting many sides of jazz as well as delving subtly into pop and classical genres. His collaborations have included such artists as Spyro Gyra, Renee Olstead, Sting, Michael Bublé and Jill Scott. And his live shows have melded contemporary and smooth jazz with the dissonance of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew (Columbia/Legacy, 1999).

Botti's latest release, December (Columbia, 2006), is a reissue of his 2002 collection of thirteen holiday favorites. Each track was done with a different approach, as several employ variable lineups ...

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Chris Botti: To Love Again

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Clearly a ballad album, To Love Again combines Chris Botti's warm trumpet tone and immaculate articulation with strings on a program designed to cure what ails ya. Guest vocalists make the session appeal to a broad audience, while the trumpeter's focus on his intimate ensemble interpretations remains its healthiest feature. His trumpet mastery has developed into a cornucopia of rich fascination.

With familiar standards such as “I'll Be Seeing You," “What's New?" and “Embraceable You," Botti lets his open horn shower its melody as if from on high. Gracefully moving from phrase to phrase with a seamless fragrance, ...



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