Slowing Down the World

Slowing Down the World

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by Chris Botti
     
 

Trumpeter Chris Botti gets the kind of tone on his horn that snuggles up to your ear. Round and warm, shapely and oh-so-tart, it's a sound that practically whispers sweet nothings. Botti also knows exactly what type of material his trumpeting will fit to a tee. Be it funky -- "Irresistible Bliss" -- mellow -- "The Look" -- or poignant -- "Where I'm Calling From" -- he… See more details below

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Trumpeter Chris Botti gets the kind of tone on his horn that snuggles up to your ear. Round and warm, shapely and oh-so-tart, it's a sound that practically whispers sweet nothings. Botti also knows exactly what type of material his trumpeting will fit to a tee. Be it funky -- "Irresistible Bliss" -- mellow -- "The Look" -- or poignant -- "Where I'm Calling From" -- he always finds a just-right groove and appropriate mood to showcase his hornwork. The lush arrangements set off his lithe blowing like a diamond in velvet. Botti does get help from his friends: There's the contemporary update on the Frank Sinatra standard "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," enhanced by a gorgeous vocal assist from Sting. Mellow musicianship at its best, this is the perfect album to listen to when you feel like slowing the world down.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Those who heard Chris Botti playing live in the 1990s realized just how much he had going for him as a trumpeter -- not only an appealing sound (sort of a combination of Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, and Chuck Mangione) and sizable chops, but also a lot of warmth and charisma. Botti's studio recordings, meanwhile, were decent, even though they fell short of his potential. Like his previous efforts, Botti's third album, Slowing Down the World, consists primarily of mellow, light pop-jazz designed for the adult contemporary audience. This is unchallenging music, and yet it would be a major mistake to lump it in with the outright elevator muzak that Kenny G, Dave Koz, Najee, and Richard Elliot were known for. Caressing instrumentals like "Why Not" and "Irresistible Bliss" definitely fall into the easy listening category, but they're more soulful, honest, and substantial than a lot of 1990s adult contemporary fare. Although dominated by instrumentals, this CD offers a few vocals -- Sting has a pleasant, if unremarkable, spot on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," while Botti himself provides an unexpected vocal on Randy Newman's "Same Girl." Clearly, Botti's singing owes as much to Baker as his trumpet playing -- like Baker, Botti doesn't have much of a voice, but is nonetheless expressive and intimate. Slowing Down the World is a pleasant collection of mood music, but make no mistake -- Botti is capable of a lot more.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1999
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731454730129
catalogNumber:
547301
Rank:
23977

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Performance Credits

Chris Botti   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Keyboards,Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Michael Davis   Trombone
Peter Erskine   Drums
Jeff Lorber   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Anne Dudley   Conductor
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Joe Bonadio   Percussion
Jonatha Brooke   Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Hilary James   Electric Piano
Harvey Jones   Keyboards
Larry Klein   Bass
Armand Sabal-Lecco   Piccolo Bass
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar
Tony Levin   Bass
Jerry Marotta   Percussion
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Shawn Pelton   Hi Hat
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Marc Shulman   Guitar
C.J. Vancston   Keyboards
Gavyn Wright   Concert Master
Jeff Young   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Garry Hughes   Programming
David Mann   Composer
Anne Dudley   Horn Arrangements
Chris Botti   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes
David Cole   Engineer
Bobby Colomby   Producer
Steve Hall   Mastering
Larry Hirsch   Engineer
Harvey Jones   Producer
Larry Klein   Producer,Atmosphere
London Session Orchestra   Contributor
Dan Marnien   Engineer
Rob Mathes   Arranger
Ray Pyle   Engineer
Andy Snitzer   Producer
Eric Calvi   Producer
Simon Osborne   Engineer
Andy Smith   Engineer
Marc Silag   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Andy Haller   Engineer
Greg Burns   Engineer
Walter Clisson   Engineer
Tom Jenkins   Engineer
Steve Price   Engineer

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