Chris Botti: Live in Boston (+ DVD) CD (2009)

Artist: Chris Botti

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A master artist and performer, Chris Botti, who's sold nearly three million albums worldwide, worked closely with an unparalleled roster of the world's greatest musicians, drawing from a wide-ranging repertoire of pop, jazz, and classical music to create a series of aesthetically rewarding performances and two-night's worth of unforgettable concert experiences. Chris Botti in Boston, an extraordinarily luxurious film of the two-night event, captures and accentuates the warmth, excitement, chemistry and spontaneity of the shows. The CD version of Chris Botti in Boston features Botti along with his special guests and core band -- Billy Childs (piano), Billy Kilson (drums), Mark Whitfield (guitar), and Robert Hurst (bass) -- performing definitive versions of "Ave Maria," "When I Fall in Love," "Seven Days," "Emmanuel," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Cinema Paradiso," "Broken Vow," "Flamenco Sketches," "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Hallelujah," "Smile," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," and "Time to Say Goodbye." Bio: Chris Botti

Trumpeter Chris Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer who -- since the release of his first solo album in 1995 -- has created a series of recordings which have made him one of the world's top-selling instrumental artists. Drawing from the worlds of pop, jazz, classical, and other genres, Botti created his own signature sound, transforming the world of contemporary jazz while simultaneously finding success in the pop music sphere. Praised for the warmth and complexity of his tone and musical ideas, Botti combines a soulful ambience with naturally flowing improvisation. He has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall in Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboard Top 200), To Love Again: The Duets (2005, #1 Top Jazz Album, #18 Billboard Top 200), and Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests (2006, #2 Top Jazz Album). Botti's association with Sting -- who appeared with the trumpeter on To Love Again and When I Fall in Love -- dates back to 1999, when Chris joined the music legend's band as featured soloist on the "Brand New Day" tour, which lasted two years. In the studio and on stage, Chris Botti has worked with such leading singer-songwriter/composers as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as well as renowned film composer John Barry, among others; as a sideman, he has appeared on dozens of albums, compilations and soundtracks. In addition to receiving an RIAA gold-certification for When I Fall in Love in 2004 and To Love Again (both produced by Bobby Colomby) in 2005, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (with vocals by Sting) earned a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals. Released in 2007, Italia, Chris Botti's most recent studio album, links the worlds of jazz and pop and classical music in a suite of songs and music inspired by the romance of Italy. Featuring duets with Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole, and Dean Martin, Italia is rapidly approaching the RIAA gold record sales mark. One of the world's most popular concert attractions, Chris Botti maintains one of the busiest touring schedules monitored by the industry. Performing more than 250 concerts this past year, Chris's 2008 concert itinerary included concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and New York's Carnegie Hall.

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Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
SKU 210736283
UPC 886974594529
UPC 14 00886974594529
Format CD
Release Date 3/31/2009
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Author Chris Botti
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Technical Info
Engineer Gerrit Kinkel; David Hewitt; Al Schmitt; Allen Sides; Steve Genewick
Producer Jim Gable; Ann Kim; Ned Doyle; Bobby Colomby
CatalogID 745945
Lable Name Sony Music Distribution (USA)
Released 03/31/2009
Original Release 2009
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Length 72m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00886974594529
Musical Guests
Dominic Miller
Sting
Lucia Micarelli
Katharine McPhee
Yo-Yo Ma
Josh Groban
John Mayer
Steven Tyler
Sy Smith
Album Notes and Credits
Adapter: Evan Barker.
Personnel: Chris Botti (trumpet); Katharine McPhee, John Mayer, Josh Groban, Steven Tyler , Sting (vocals); Dominic Miller, Mark Whitfield (guitar); Ina Zdorovetchi (harp); Bonnie Bewick, Michael Rosenbloom, Lisa Crockett, Vyachaslav Uritsky, Si Jing, Ronald Khudsen, Nancy Bracken, Joseph Scheer, Ikuko Mizuno, Glen Cherry, Alexander Velinzon, Wendy Putnam, Gerald Elias, Huang, Aza Raykhtsaum, James Cooke, Tatiana Dimitriades, Sheila Fiekowsky, Jason Horowitz, Bo Youp Hwang, Elita Kang, Xin Ding, Lucia Micarelli, Joseph McGauley (violin); Rebecca Gitter, Marc Jeanneret, Michael Zaretsky, Cathy Basrak, Rachel Fagerburg, Mark Ludwig, Kazuko Matsusaka, Lisa Suslowicz (viola); Alexandre Lecarme, Mihail Jojatu, Blaise Dejardin, Adam Esbensen, Andrew Pearce , Jonathan Miller, Mickey Katz, Yo-Yo Ma, Ronald Lowry (cello); Cynthia Meyers, Linda Toote (flute); Michael Wayne, Thomas Martin , Craig Nordstrom (clarinet); Robert Sheena (oboe, English horn); Mark McEwan (oboe); Richard Ranti, Gregg Henegar (bassoon); Benjamin F. Wright, Bruce Hall , Richard Kelley (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jane Sebring, Kate Gascoigne, Jonathan Menkis, Jason Snider (French horn); Toby Oft, John Faeita, Douglas Yeo (trombone); Dennis Nulty (tuba); Mark Stephens , Billy Childs Trio (piano); Russ Irwin (keyboards, background vocals); Todd Seeber, Randall Zigler, Joseph Holt , James Orleans, Lawrence Wolf, Dennis Roy (double bass); Billy Kilson (drums); Timothy Genis (timpani); Lee Vinson, Will Hudgins, Ricardo Monzon (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Allen Sides .
Audio Remasterer: Robert Vosgien.
Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA.
Director: Jim Gable.
Editor: The Jeremy Richter Effort.
Ensemble: Boston Pops Orchestra.
Photographer: John Mayer.
Arrangers: Chris Botti; Jeremy Lubbock; Mark Schulman; William Ross ; Jorge Calandrelli; Gil Goldstein; Billy Childs Trio; Brad Dechter.
Chris Botti in Boston features trumpeter Chris Botti along with a bevy of name artists performing live with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall in 2008. Fully documented as a concert film and album, the night is an intimate and soulful bird's-eye view of the supple-toned trumpeter who has grown into his role as a virtuoso since his time backing up Sting -- who of course appears here. Perhaps it isn't surprising then the concert is subtly reminiscent of Sting's own classic coming-of-age concert moment, Bring on the Night. If Sting's 1986 show was an attempt to reintroduce himself to the world as a pop-cum-jazz artist, then Botti's 2008 show is clearly a showcase for the onetime smooth jazz wunderkind to represent himself fully as the eye of his own crossover storm. Having never fully embraced the synthetic vibe of the smooth jazz sound, Botti has spent his time since 2004's massively popular When I Fall in Love creating his own organic, acoustic and "straight-ahead" crossover jazz. In the context of contemporary smooth jazz, Botti's retro gesture is actually kind of innovative. Clearly owing a heavy debt to legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, Botti not only surrounds himself with the elegant, live Boston Pops Orchestra, but has hired some of the most heavy-hitting rhythm section players on the scene with drummer Billy Kilson, bassist Robert Hurst, pianist Billy Childs, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and others. The result clearly pulls much inspiration from Davis' work with Gil Evans -- he even plays "Flamenco Sketches" -- but never seems to belabor the comparison. Similarly, Botti's choice of guest artists, including vocalist Josh Groban, violinist Lucia Micarelli, and even rocker Steven Tyler, always appears genuinely considered based on Botti's own musical taste. And although pairing the elegant cellist Yo-Yo Ma with Botti is somewhat of a no-brainer, their work together here, much like the entire concert itself, is never less than breathtaking. [A CD/DVD version was also released, the DVD including performances of songs not on the album such as "Indian Summer" and "Cryin'," as well as behind-the-scenes bonus footage.] ~ Matt Collar
Artist Bio
Chris BottiTrumpeter Chris Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer who -- since the release of his first solo album in 1995 -- has created a series of recordings which have made him one of the world's top-selling instrumental artists. Drawing from the worlds of pop, jazz, classical, and other genres, Botti created his own signature sound, transforming the world of contemporary jazz while simultaneously finding success in the pop music sphere. Praised for the warmth and complexity of his tone and musical ideas, Botti combines a soulful ambience with naturally flowing improvisation. He has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall in Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboard Top 200), To Love Again: The Duets (2005, #1 Top Jazz Album, #18 Billboard Top 200), and Chris Botti Live with Orchestra & Special Guests (2006, #2 Top Jazz Album).Botti's association with Sting -- who appeared with the trumpeter on To Love Again and When I Fall in Love -- dates back to 1999, when Chris joined the music legend's band as featured soloist on the "Brand New Day" tour, which lasted two years.In the studio and on stage, Chris Botti has worked with such leading singer-songwriter/composers as Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell as well as renowned film composer John Barry, among others; as a sideman, he has appeared on dozens of albums, compilations and soundtracks.In addition to receiving an RIAA gold-certification for When I Fall in Love in 2004 and To Love Again (both produced by Bobby Colomby) in 2005, "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" (with vocals by Sting) earned a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals.Released in 2007, Italia, Chris Botti's most recent studio album, links the worlds of jazz and pop and classical music in a suite of songs and music inspired by the romance of Italy. Featuring duets with Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole, and Dean Martin, Italia is rapidly approaching the RIAA gold record sales mark.One of the world's most popular concert attractions, Chris Botti maintains one of the busiest touring schedules monitored by the industry. Performing more than 250 concerts this past year, Chris's 2008 concert itinerary included concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and New York's Carnegie Hall.
Disc 1
1 Ave Maria
2 When I Fall In Love
3 Seven Days - (featuring Sting)
4 Emmanuel
5 I've Got You Under My Skin
6 Cinema Paradiso
7 Broken Vow
8 Flamenco Sketches
9 Glad To Be Unhappy
10 Hallelujah
11 Smile
12 If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
13 Time To Say Goodbye
Product Attributes
Artist Botti,Chris
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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