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GRAMMY-winning trumpeter Chris Botti has been one of the most popular instrumentalists in the world for nearly three decades; he’s collaborated with some of the biggest superstars on the planet, including Sting, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Steven Tyler, Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Yo-Yo Ma, and others; he’s topped the jazz charts with numerous albums, earned multiple Gold and Platinum records, performed with symphony orchestras and on prestigious stages from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl to the Sydney Opera House.

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Article: Album Review

Luca Aquino: Lunaria 2

Read "Lunaria 2" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Over the decades, Italian trumpeter Luca Aquino has delivered intelligent and thought-provoking music which, if one allows immersion in it, yields a treasure trove of beauty. He is a soulfully introspective artist whose lush playing and textural compositions channel, and at times rival, that of players such as Chet Baker, Tomasz Stanko, Roy Hargrove (with whom ...

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Article: Album Review

Blewitt: Exploring New Boundaries

Read "Exploring New Boundaries" reviewed by Neil Duggan


Formed with the intent of making a synthesis between classical music and jazz, Blewitt are an Italian trio, with Exploring New Boundaries being their debut album. That combination may have been their original intent, but along the way, they have added rock, avant-garde rhythms, jazz standards and strands of Mediterranean folk music to make an intriguing ...

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Article: Live Review

George Colligan Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

Read "George Colligan Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


George Colligan Quartet Chris' Jazz Café jny:Philadelphia. PA March 29, 2024 Chris Hove of All About Jazz once wrote that pianist and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan is “one of the best kept secrets in jazz." It's not clear why he is such a secret, since. as saxophonist Don ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard

Read "Steely Dan's Jon Herington and Jim Beard" reviewed by Mike Jacobs


In memory of Jim Beard, this article was first published at All About Jazz on July 6, 2017. While keyboardist / producer Jim Beard and guitarist Jon Herington are both solo recording artists with long and varied careers that straddle jazz, rock and beyond, they may be best known these days for being longtime ...

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Chris Botti Vol. 1

Label: Blue Note
Released: 2023
Track listing: Danny Boy; Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered; Two For The Road; Paris; Blue In Green; Someday My Prince Will Come; Time On My Hands; My Funny Valentine; Fix You; Old Folks;

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News: Recording

Chris Botti's New Album, Vol. 1

Chris Botti's New Album, Vol. 1

Chris Botti has a beautiful tone. His trumpet is clear, warm and caring, particularly on slow tunes. He has been recording since 1979, and his first album as a leader, First Wish, was recorded in 1995. Along the way, he has performed and recorded with jazz stars as well as Lady Gaga, Sting, Paul Simon and ...

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Article: Live Review

Chris Botti At The Paramount Theatre

Read "Chris Botti At The Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Steven Roby


Chris Botti Paramount Theatre Denver, CO October 22, 2023 Trumpet virtuoso Chris Botti had much to celebrate last Sunday at his Paramount Theater concert. He recently turned 61, and his first album in 10 years was released on Friday, Chris Botti Vol 1 (Blue Note Records). These two joyous events elevated ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chris Botti, Joey Alexander & Lennie Moore

Read "Chris Botti, Joey Alexander & Lennie Moore" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We kick off the 825th Episode of Neon Jazz with prolific composer Lennie Moore and music from his 2023 album Mentors. From there, we hear from a legend whp had a profound influence on his cognition of jazz in Chick Corea. We also hear new material from Joey Alexander, Klas Lindquist, Bobby Zankel and Chris Botti. ...

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Article: Liner Notes

Rachel Eckroth: Humanoid

Read "Rachel Eckroth: Humanoid" reviewed by Sharonne Cohen


"Humanoid is a departure for me," Rachel Eckroth said when we spoke about her new piano quartet album, recorded at Sam First jazz club in Los Angeles on October 28 and 29, 2022. Taking her first piano lesson at the age of five, this accomplished, multifaceted musician has honed her craft over the four decades since, ...


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