Chris Botti - Italia


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Chris Botti has added style, glamour and outstanding musicianship to the oft-maligned instrumental pop genre since his first solo endeavor in 1995. He has an easy and effortless trumpet technique, movie star good looks reminiscent of "Let's Get Lost" and a team of talented and tasteful supporters. When I Fall In Love and To Love Again both earned Billboard's top Jazz Record spot. Although orthodox jazz fans often debate the "jazz" validity of these CDs, there's no doubt that Mr. Botti can blow over changes. His lyrical sense and stylish phrasing works in his favor in every thing he does. He's not Miles reborn -- but he's no poser. He's indisputably West Coast cool (like Chet Baker) and classy. He has the soulful spirit of Sanborn and the smoky sophistication of Nat Cole.

Italia, Mr. Botti's latest, is a collection of lush, instrumental music with a distinctively bel canto influence. The CD opens with one of two compositions by Academy Award winner, Ennio Morricone. Botti has long been a champion of wider recognition for Morricone, and "Deborah's Theme" from Once Upon A Time In America is a fine example of Morricone's lyrical style as realized by Botti's warm, haunting and honest tone. The strings are warm and the effects a bit blurry, but the Bernstein-like setting works, overall. Morricone's "Gabriel's Oboe" from The Mission is set by Gil Goldstein, and supported by Dean Park's guitar and Billy Childs piano. This context is perfect for Botti's trumpet. The spirit of Italia shines through, and the inventive lyricism that is a Morricone trademark, shines. Gil was a long-time apprentice -- then colleague of that other Gil, who arranged and orchestrated for Miles on Sketches of Spain and Porgy And Bess. The relationship was obviously a great benefit to the musical community. These two cuts give the entire record a gravitas and sense of jazz history.

In a more traditional jazz vein, through the magic of modern recording techniques, Botti joins the late Dean Martin on "I've Grow Accustomed To Her Face." Dino was the most Italiano of the Rat Pack, and sings everything with an easygoing charm. Botti offers a trumpet line with more Pops than Miles. Together they sound buoyant and happy, callow and classy. While this sort of thing is high risk, from an artistic viewpoint, here it's well handled and brief. In all, this is a good choice for stylistic contrast and effect. There are other vocals, including renowned tenor Andrea Bocelli and the lovely Paula Cole. Bocelli appears on the title track at his romantic best. Botti, again Harmon muted for the opening and open for the solo, offers an interpretation of the bel canto style to rival Bocelli's own. Big and bold, this track probably defines the record best. It's Botti's own composition, and he has a strong grasp of what is effective.

Chris Botti continues to find a way to meld styles and influences into beautiful new (but not disturbing) forms. The classical cuts, "Nessun Dorma" and "Ave Maria" are lyrical and lush. The more pop stuff is fine. The Chet Baker influenced stuff is cool and sexy. Italia is a tasteful and beautiful record, with some very strong material to anchor it.


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Deborah's Theme, Italia - Featuring Andrea Bocelli, Venice, The Very Thought Of You - Featuring Paula Cole, Gabriel's Oboe, I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face - Featuring Dean Martin, Caruso, The Way You Look Tonight, It Never Entered My Mind, Ave Maria, Estate, Nessun Dorma
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Chris Botti - Italia is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Wonderful I have enjoyed this CD, have not stopped listening to it since I purchased it. I highly recommend this CD without reservation to jazz lovers every where. Listen, Feel and Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Chris Botti in Boston/Italia" Bundle I purchased this bundle for a musical colleague, as well as for myself. I ordered this set because I'm a huge Chris Botti fan and I had previously heard the rendition of "Emmanuel" online that he does with violinist Lucia Micarelli and I was totally blown away! SO much passion and musicianship during this performance. Even though some of the vocalists are not exactly "my cup of tea," they are expanding their boundaries/comfort zones and are doing great pieces. If you are a fan of any of the performers on these CDs, then you will most likely enjoy these items.
Date published: 2016-11-17
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