Slowing Down the World

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454730129
  • Catalog Number: 547301
  • Sales rank: 25,117

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Botti Primary Artist, 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, 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
The 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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