First Wish

First Wish

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by Chris Botti
     
 
There may be hope for jazz fusion after all. If there were no other evidence, trumpeter Chris Botti's terrific album would be enough to give hope to even the most jaded bebop snob. This is that rarest of things: a completely unchallenging record that is also richly rewarding. Botti's approach is lyrical but spare; the production is dark, warm, and rich. A sense of

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There may be hope for jazz fusion after all. If there were no other evidence, trumpeter Chris Botti's terrific album would be enough to give hope to even the most jaded bebop snob. This is that rarest of things: a completely unchallenging record that is also richly rewarding. Botti's approach is lyrical but spare; the production is dark, warm, and rich. A sense of deep and quiet romanticism pervades everything, and while Botti never really lets loose and wails, he manages to make his chops obvious on tunes like "Cubism" and the funky "On the Night Ride." Most of the songs are powered by a gentle funk groove, and one even features a vocal cameo by Gen-X poster girl Edie Brickell. Jazz snobs will get sucked into this delicious music despite themselves; fans of Kenny G and Najee will think it's "real" jazz and consider themselves sophisticated for liking it so much. The bottom line is that there's no reason to do anything but abandon yourself to this album.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/1995
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731452714121
catalogNumber:
527141

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Botti   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Keyboards
Joe Bonadio   Percussion
Edie Brickell   Vocals
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Mitchell Froom   Organ
Morris Goldberg   African Flute
Kevin Killen   Omnichord
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
Sandra Park   Violin
Larry Saltzman   Guitar
Marc Shulman   Guitar
Rebecca Young   Violin
Paul Livant   Guitar
Paul Joseph Moore   Piano,Keyboards,Omnichord

Technical Credits

Chris Botti   Programming,Producer
Guy Eckstine   Executive Producer
Morris Goldberg   Contributor
Kevin Killen   Producer,Engineer
Andrew Page   Engineer
Sheryl Lutz-Brown   Art Direction
David Lau   Art Direction

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