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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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Chris Botti: When I Fall In Love

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While his ballad album emphasizes the clear tone and gentle spirit that this lyrical trumpeter releases quite naturally, it also serves to exhibit the nuances with which Chris Botti can convince. His subtle improvisations ooze heartfelt emotion from start to finish. Comparisons with Miles Davis and Chet Baker prove valid. While Columbia prefers to market his good looks and youthful, boyish charm, they know they've got a winning formula here, in this evocative trumpet soloist.

Backed by a large studio orchestra and close friends and acquaintances, Botti interprets thirteen sensual ballads with passion and understanding. And who can ...

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Chris Botti: A Thousand Kisses Deep

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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 ...

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Chris Botti Cools Connecticut

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Trumpeter Chris Botti, hot off of Sting's sold-out North American “Sacred Love" tour, slid into New Haven, headlining his own contemporary jazz jam. April 2, 2004 - Lyman Hall at Southern Connecticut State University is where the cool combustion took place. (He even looks like Sting.)Promoting his most recent Columbia label release, A Thousand Kisses Deep , Botti showcased his talents as both a pop performer and a pure jazz trumpet balladeer. The 2003 release features a diverse group of contributing songwriters including Leonard Cohen and Rogers & Hart, as well as Botti originals.The touring band Botti brought ...

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Chris Botti: Setting the Pace to Chill

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Ambient or chill music was first declared a genre by composer Brian Eno in the late '70s. Eno’s style was more atmospheric, rather than obtrusive. With a softened tempo and subdued tones, his artistic statement of chill possessed a minimalistic quality. This would be the building blocks of New Age music for the future.

Coming to America from the European club scene, chill has evolved. While the music still maintains the original characteristics, there is a bit more of a groove.

Jazz/rock trumpeter Chris Botti has just released A Thousand Kisses Deep. This album delves into the realms of chill, ...

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Chris Botti: December

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The holidays are upon us, and it's a time of year to enjoy and reflect. Chris Botti employs a pure, golden, open trumpet tone to invite the proper mood. Strings and various veteran jazz artists accompany him in a program that emphasizes winter's still, melodic majesty. His muted trumpet pulls “Hallelujah" serenely forward to the still accompaniment of guitar and bass. It's a pensive moment. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town" moves joyfully to a gentle, acoustic samba accompaniment. Bob Sheppard's tenor steps forward with a few magical phrases. Both he and Botti infuse more creative improvisation into this one ...

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Chris Botti: December

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Season's Greetings from Chris Botti

There are two broad categories of Jazz seasonal discs. One, represented well by Wynton Marsalis' A Crescent City Christmas Card (Sony Special Products 28812, 2002), Oscar Peterson's An Oscar Peterson Christmas (Telarc Jazz 83372, 1995), and Harry Allen's Christmas In Swingtime (Koch Jazz 51409, 2001) are serious, straight-ahead jazz offerings. These recordings will certainly appeal to all jazz fans but perhaps not to the uninitiated. At the other end of the spectrum are Kenny Gorelick's Miracles: The Holiday Album (Arista 18767, 1994), David Benoit's Remembering Christmas (GRP 9852, 1996), and Dave Koz's A Smooth Jazz ...

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Chris Botti: Night Sessions

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How often do you purchase a CD and love it in its entirety? If you love jazz or just good music, buy this CD and experience that rare feeling. Night Sessions is a soon to be classic album. This is jazz at its finest!

The musicianship is incredible! Botti is an excellent trumpet player and each of the musicians featured on this CD are top-notch; Dominic Miller on guitar, Christian McBride, Jeff Lorber, Vinni Colaiuta on drums, Billy Childs on keyboards and Bill Reichenback on trombone all turn in stunning performances. Listen to these unbelievable performances and be transported into ...



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