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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 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 ...
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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 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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886974594529
  • Catalog Number: 745945
  • Sales rank: 569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ellens Gesang III ("Ave Maria"), song for voice & piano, D. 839 (Op. 52 (3:18)
  2. 2 When I Fall in Love, song (8:34)
  3. 3 Seven Days, song - Dominic Miller (4:58)
  4. 4 Emmanuel, for saxophone & orchestra - Lucia Micarelli (5:55)
  5. 5 I've got you under my skin, song (from the film "Born to Dance") - Katharine McPhee (4:16)
  6. 6 Nuovo Cinema Paradiso - Love Theme (for the film Cinema Paradiso) (7:25)
  7. 7 Broken Vow, song - Josh Groban (4:59)
  8. 8 Flamenco Sketches (8:56)
  9. 9 Glad to Be Unhappy, song (from "On Your Toes") - John Mayer (5:33)
  10. 10 Hallelujah, song (3:00)
  11. 11 Smile (as used in the film "Modern Times" ) (spurious; by Geoffrey Pers - Steven Tyler (5:01)
  12. 12 If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, song (5:31)
  13. 13 Time to Say Goodbye (Con te partirò), song (5:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ave Maria
  2. 2 When I Fall In Love
  3. 3 Caruso
  4. 4 Seven Days
  5. 5 Broken Vow - Josh Groban
  6. 6 Flamenco Sketches
  7. 7 Hallelujah
  8. 8 I've Got You Under My Skin - Katharine McPhee
  9. 9 Cinema Paradiso
  10. 10 The Look of Love - Sy Smith
  11. 11 Emmanuel - Lucia Micarelli
  12. 12 Glad To Be Unhappy - John Mayer
  13. 13 Cryin’ - Steven Tyler
  14. 14 Smile - Steven Tyler
  15. 15 Indian Summer
  16. 16 Shape of My Heart - Josh Groban
  17. 17 If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
  18. 18 Time To Say Goodbye
  19. 19 Behind the Scenes: Chris Botti In Boston
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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
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
Lara Fabian Composer
Ann Kim Producer
Andrea Morricone Composer
Francesco Sartori Composer
Gene Salomon Legal Advisor
Jim Gable Director, Producer
Billy Childs Trio Arranger
Ned Doyle Producer
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Musical Work of Art

    Chris Botti can always transport me into another place with his talent...and he has done it again! All the participating artist were phenomenal, the musicians were superb and of course Chris Botti was outstanding.
    Truly a pleasure to listen and watch!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    This is about the best CD/DVD I have ever seen. You get the live

    This is about the best CD/DVD I have ever seen. You get the live concert on DVD and a CD as well. I never get tired of watching it and have given it to numerous people as a gift. You will not be disappointed. Great to have playing on the TV when you are entertaining!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Chris Botti in Boston

    Chris Botti and his ensemble of musical genius' were nothing short of magical. This truly showed his amazing talent. Loved it.....one of the best trumpeter's of all time!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Ecstasy... Escape from the harshness and hub-bub of everyday

    Huge Chris Botti fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    This CD/DVD combo shocked me at what an impressive evening this concert must have been. I never thought I would see the day when the Boston Pops would play with Steven Tyler, John Mayer on one stage. This is a must have for anyones music collection! The DVD's special features shows a song that did not make it to the main part of the DVD Performance.
    If you are looking for a CD & DVD this one will not disappoint you!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    AWESOME!!!!!

    This CD/DVD set is a must have for any music or trumpet player. The variety of guest artists is awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved It!!!

    Chris Botti is a great performer. I can't wait to see his upcoming concert in Tanglewood and Washington DC.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent CD. I saw Botti in person and the CD was a great addition to my enjoyment of his show

    I am an avid fan of Chris Botti after seeing him in person for the first time. He has a great personality and really reaches out to his audience. His back up musicians are great and add trmendously to his CD. I highly recommend this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    Love the duets.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Chris Botti & Friends at Their Best

    I loved this cd. The Boston Pops Orchestra blends beautifully with Chris Botti and the other performers. The performance of Emmanuel by Chris Botti and Lucia Micarelli is the most haunting beautiful piece of music I have ever heard. Well worth the money to purchase the cd/dvd set.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Botti is Beautiful

    I first saw this performance on PBS and was enthralled with the artists and their talent. Botti is Beautiful, for sure, but the way he blows that horn is indescribable. Perhaps it is his posture, and the fact he does not puff his cheeks out like a chipmunk when he blows, but he makes it look easy, effortless. When you couple that with his talent and the talent of all the other well known artists who perform with him, you simply cannot find another CD/DVD to match this. I think my favorite on this CD is Ave Maria. In a million years, who would have thought a trumpeter could make that song so lovely? Not me, which is why the surprise and delight, and tears welling as the number finished, makes this the best music performance by anyone, any group, any genre I have heard in perhaps 15 years. Buy it, trust me.

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