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Chris Botti in Boston

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 birds-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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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 birds-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 one-time smooth jazz wunderkind to fully represent himself 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973873526
  • Catalog Number: 738735
  • Sales rank: 9,157

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Botti Primary Artist, Trumpet
Sting Vocals
Billy Childs Piano
Mark Whitfield Guitar
Yo-Yo Ma Cello
Russ Irwin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Robert Hurst Bass, Bass Guitar
Boston Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Ensemble
Kate Gascoigne French Horn
Bruce Hall Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Billy Kilson Drums
John Mayer Vocals
Dominic Miller Guitar
Ricardo Monzon Percussion
Mark Stephens Piano
Steven Tyler Vocals
Mickey Katz Cello
Benjamin F. Wright Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Ranti Bassoon
Andrew Pearce Cello
Keith Lockhart Conductor
Douglas Yeo Trombone
Michael Zaretsky Viola
John Mayer Vocals
Josh Groban Vocals
Billy Childs Trio Piano
Robert Sheena English Horn, Oboe
Joseph Holt Double Bass
Thomas Martin Clarinet
Lucia Micarelli Violin
Katharine McPhee Vocals
John Mayer Vocals
Robert Leslie III Hurst Bass
Mara Stephens Piano
Adam Esbensen Cello
Will Hudgins Percussion
Wendy Putnam Violin
Vyachaslav Uritsky Violin
Todd Seeber Double Bass
Toby Oft Trombone
Timothy Genis Timpani
Si Jing Violin
Ronald Khudsen Violin
Rebecca Gitter Viola
Randall Zigler Double Bass
Nancy Bracken Violin
Mihail Jojatu Cello
Mark McEwan Oboe
Marc Jeanneret Viola
Lee Vinson Percussion
Joseph Scheer Violin
John Faeita Trombone
Jane Sebring French Horn
Ina Zdorovetchi Harp
Ikuko Mizuno Violin
Glen Cherry Violin
Dennis Nulty Tuba
Blaise Dejardin Cello
Aza Raykhtsaum Violin
Alexander Velinzon Violin
Michael Rosenbloom Violin
Lisa Crockett Violin
Linda Toote Flute
Jonathan Miller Cello
Sheila Fiekowsky Violin
James Cooke Violin
Bonnie Bewick Violin
Rachel Fagerburg Viola
James Orleans Double Bass
Xin Ding Violin
Lawrence Wolf Double Bass
Alexandre Lecarme Cello
Gerald Elias Violin
Cathy Basrak Viola
Michael Wayne Clarinet
Lisa Suslowicz Viola
Jason Snider French Horn
Joseph McGauley Violin
Huang Violin
Dennis Roy Double Bass
Gregg Henegar Bassoon
Cynthia Meyers Flute
Jonathan Menkis French Horn
Bo Youp Hwang Violin
Jason Horowitz Violin
Tatiana Dimitriades Violin
Kazuko Matsusaka Viola
Craig Nordstrom Clarinet
Richard Kelley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Elita Kang Violin
Mark Ludwig Viola
Ronald Lowry Cello
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Sting Composer
Billy Childs Arranger
Miles Davis Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Richard Rodgers Composer
Chris Botti Arranger
Jorge Calandrelli Arranger
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Michel Colombier Composer
Bobby Colomby Producer, Management
Lorenz Hart Composer
David Hewitt Engineering
Edward Heyman Composer
Ennio Morricone Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Al Schmitt Engineering
Mark Schulman Arranger
Allen Sides Engineering
Robert Vosgien Mastering, Remastering
Victor Young Composer
Evan Barker Arranger, Adaptation
Walter Afanasieff Composer
Geoff Parsons Composer
David Bett Art Direction
Brad Dechter Arranger, Orchestration
William Ross Arranger
Phil Gitomer Digital Editing
Steve Genewick Engineering
Lara Fabian Composer
Andrea Morricone Composer
Francesco Sartori Composer
Gene Salomon Legal Advisor
Billy Childs Trio Arranger
Lucio Quarantotto Composer
Matt Evers Management
Archie Castillo Management
Gayle Holcomb Booking
Harley J. Neumann Business Consultant
Jeremy Plotnikoff Tour Manager
Marc Schulman Arranger
James Phillips Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    chris botti

    Overall the best performance! A true jazz performer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chris Botti

    I have all of Chris Botti's cds. and this one is just as good as all the others which are excellent.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding!

    Live albums can sometimes be tricky. This album has no tricks. Outstanding performances by all the artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very good not the best.

    Chris Botti is an excellent artist and this album is indeed very good although I like much better "When I fall in love" and "To love again".

    Packaging big NO.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    the more I listen, the better it gets

    Botti is absolutely one of my favorite artists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chris Botti in Boston

    Excellent cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great. No less than that.

    It is joyful also tranquilizing soul.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Soothes Away the Stress

    Love Chris Botti's solos as well as the vocals. I wish John Mayer could have sung more. Steven Tyler's "Smile" fell flat. I like this CD best when I'm driving home from work in crazy traffic. We have very aggressive, inconsiderate drivers in South Florida, and this music mellows me out.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Quality Confirmed

    Chris Botti makes good music. He has found his place in the jazz/pop idiom. He knows what works for him and what his audience likes to hear. He has a good choice of songs and musical guests. I enjoyed the songs done with Sting, Josh Groban, and Katherine McPhee. However, having Steven Tyler sing the standard "Smile" was a bit of a reach. Tyler does not have the range to really make the song work, despite Botti's excellent backdrop on trumpet. Overall though this is quality music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Packaging not up to usual standards

    I like anything that Chris Botti performs. He is a master of the trumpet
    and his backup musicans are some of the best.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I liked this CD better than Italia

    Chris never ceases to amaze me with his talent. Always wonderful to listen to. Am looking forward to some more original pieces that are less soulful and more upbeat. Orchestration is amazing!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    momthebombonfire

    Was not disappointed by this CD. And I like that it is a reflection on the TV version. It is a live performance, so the clapping is there. I am glad I have this version for my own.

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