Another Gem in a Large Volume of Work
Mr. Botti can seduce and / or inspire you with his magnificent trumpet performances. The more recent works seem to be the ones that have gotten all the attention and shelf space, but his earlier or lesser-known productions, such as this collection, should not be disregarded. The songs are mostly standards, so often tired and rehashed, but in his case beautifully interpreted for his instrument, orchestration, and often a guest vocalist. The polyphony of the accompaniment is at times ponderous, but his triumphant brass always cuts through even heavy-handed productions, and mingles with the singer or ensemble with a soul of its own. Don't let traditional pieces put you off from enjoying this CD. I haven't been disappointed with a thing he's done. Long life and much success to him.
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