To Love Again

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Not since, say, the glory days of Herb Alpert has a trumpeter made himself into a pop star, but lately Chris Botti has done a fine job of bringing quality jazz-tinged music to a wide public. Building on the fan base that he established with his orchestrated ballad album When I Fall in Love, Bottiti fills his new album's dance card with A-list singers, adding even greater accessibility to the vintage standards he embraces. Drawing on such lyrical past masters as Miles Davis and Chet Baker, Botti has fashioned an easy-on-the-ears horn style that rises far above any lite-jazz leanings. He holds his own on the four all-instrumental tracks, including lovely renditions of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Not since, say, the glory days of Herb Alpert has a trumpeter made himself into a pop star, but lately Chris Botti has done a fine job of bringing quality jazz-tinged music to a wide public. Building on the fan base that he established with his orchestrated ballad album When I Fall in Love, Bottiti fills his new album's dance card with A-list singers, adding even greater accessibility to the vintage standards he embraces. Drawing on such lyrical past masters as Miles Davis and Chet Baker, Botti has fashioned an easy-on-the-ears horn style that rises far above any lite-jazz leanings. He holds his own on the four all-instrumental tracks, including lovely renditions of such favorites as "I'll Be Seeing You" and "What's New," his sensuous trumpet tone engulfing the listener with pleasure. Botti's unerring taste in vocalists, both contemporary Michael Bublé, Jill Scott, Paula Cole, Paul Buchanan and classic Gladys Knight, Sting, Steve Tyler ensures sterling interpretations of timeless material. Up-to-date in approach yet classic in manner, To Love Again sidesteps nostalgia while reminding us that everything old really is new again.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Trumpeter Chris Botti's To Love Again: The Duets picks up where his stellar 2004 release When I Fall in Love leaves off, with more gorgeously lush and heartfelt orchestral jazz via the London Session Orchestra. This time showcasing guest vocalists -- as well as a handful of instrumental tracks -- Botti takes an even more classicist approach than before and once again brings to mind such iconic jazz albums as Clifford Brown with Strings and Miles Davis' Porgy and Bess. Largely known as a smooth jazz artist with a sweet trumpet tone, it wasn't until When I Fall in Love that Botti dropped the smooth jazz synthesizers and pop-oriented compositions in favor of Gil Evans-style jazz orchestrations and an acoustic backing quartet. Subsequently, Botti made the best album of his career and didn't sacrifice any of his own laid-back smooth jazz style. In fact, having long been compared to trumpeters Chet Baker and Miles Davis for both his minimalist improvisational style and matinee idol image, this move toward more straight-ahead jazz is actually a better fit. To Love Again does nothing if not reinforce this opinion and finds Botti seeming even more relaxed and in his element. This is no more true than on the romantically melancholy lead-off track "Embraceable You," which finds Botti's horn weeping and sighing over the George Gershwin standard. The same can be said of his work with Sting on the '60s classic "What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life." In fact, with such a phenomenal cadre of singers -- including Michael Bublé, Paula Cole, Gladys Knight and others performing such standards as "Let There Be Love" and "Lover Man" -- there really isn't a bad track. Part of the brilliance of the album is that, while it is classicist in tone, many of the vocalists come from the pop world and give the songs a contemporary spin that rubs nicely against Gil Goldstein and Jeremy Lubbock's stylishly old-school arrangements. It also doesn't hurt that Botti is working with such phenomenal jazz talents as pianist Billy Childs, bassists Robert Hurst and Christian McBride, drummer Billy Kilson, guitarist Anthony Wilson and others. That alone makes the few instrumental tracks on To Love Again some of the standout moments on an album as much about vocals as it is about Botti's own creative "voice."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767750521
  • Catalog Number: 77505
  • Sales rank: 3,036

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Embraceable You (4:25)
  2. 2 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (5:05)
  3. 3 My One and Only Love (5:41)
  4. 4 Let There Be Love - Michael Bublé (3:12)
  5. 5 What's New? (3:59)
  6. 6 Good Morning Heartache - Jill Scott (6:13)
  7. 7 To Love Again (4:38)
  8. 8 Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Paul Buchanan (4:01)
  9. 9 Lover Man (4:50)
  10. 10 I'll Be Seeing You (4:18)
  11. 11 Pennies from Heaven (3:46)
  12. 12 Here's That Rainy Day (5:07)
  13. 13 Smile - Steven Tyler (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Botti Primary Artist, Trumpet
Brian Bromberg Bass
Peter Erskine Drums
Gil Goldstein Conductor
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Derek Watkins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Berry French Horn
Robert Hurst Bass
John Barclay Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Guy Barker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Pete Beachill Tenor Trombone
Mark Berrow Violin
Dave Bishop Baritone Saxophone
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Richard Cottle Hammond Organ
Caroline Dearney Celli
Andy Findon Flute
Roger Garland Violin, Leader
Nigel Hitchcock Alto Saxophone
Skaila Kanga Harp
Paul Kegg Celli
Billy Kilson Drums
Anthony Lewis Celli
Martin Loveday Celli
Andy Macintosh Alto Saxophone
Rita Manning Violin
Christian McBride Bass
Steve Morris Violin
Dean Parks Guitar
Greg Phillinganes fender rhodes
Johnathan Rees Violin
George Robertson Viola
J. Neil Sidwell Tenor Trombone
Steve Sidwell Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Sonia Slany Violin
Arnie Somogyi Bass
Jamie Talbot Tenor Saxophone
David Theodore Oboe
Philip Todd Flute, Alto Flute
Allen Walley Bass
Dave Woodcock Violin
Mary Scully Bass
Helen Tunstall Harp
Jonathan Williams Celli
Peter Lale Viola
Paul Willey Violin
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Viola
Martin Owen French Horn
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Rolf Wilson Violin
Marcia Crayford Violin, Leader
Julian Leaper Violin
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Guitar
Anthony Pike Clarinet
Ivo Jan Vanderwerff Viola
Jane Marshall Cor anglais
Adrian Hallowell Bass Trombone
Nigel Black French Horn
Rachel Bolt Viola
Deborah Widdup Violin
Roger Argente Bass Trombone
Andy Wood Bass Trombone, Tenor Trombone
Nick Barr Viola
Ben Castle Tenor Saxophone
Andy Parker Viola
Billy Childs Trio Piano, Conductor, fender rhodes
Gaby Lester Violin
Patrick Lannigan Bass
Nick Rodwell Clarinet
Paulinho DeCosta Percussion
Chris Laurence Bass
Richard Cookson Viola
Melissa Phelps Celli
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Technical Credits
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Haydn Bendall Engineer
Bobby Colomby Producer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Greg Phillinganes Arranger
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Andy Snitzer Pro-Tools
Marc Silag Management
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Creative Consultant
Steve Genewick Engineer
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Arranger
Jake Jackson Engineer
Pablo Munguia Engineer
Paul Santo Engineer
Billy Childs Trio Arranger
Irecyr Franco Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic

    Chris takes "classic" all-american songs and gives a new interpretation.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    and love it all

    If you're a Botti fan, this is yet another must-have. If you're unaware of his genius (can that be?) take a listen and you'll be sold!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Great CD by an awesome performer with quite a few impressive duets!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chris Botti at his best

    This CD is outstanding and much lighter than Italia and Chris Botti in Boston. My favorite of all his CD's. I never get tired of listening to it. Highly recommend it for any Chris Botti fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I like Chris Botti

    I like Chris Botti so it's hard to give him anything less than 4 out of 5 stars. I can fall asleep to his music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I bought two!

    I purchased this cd for my husband's birthday. Once I heard it, I purchased one for myself. Sting is absolutely amazing on his track "What are you doing the rest of your life". I have to be honest, I purchased this once I heard Steven Tyler singing "Smile". To hear Steven's voice singing this ballard brought tears to my eyes -- this rocker can really do it all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Seductively lovely and diverse

    Some people are seduced by chocolate, some by champagne - if you're seduceable by a song then if you only purchase one cd this season - this is THE one to take home and savor. Go first to Track 2: "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" featuring Sting. That song has to be the vocal coup of the year. Sting has quietly perfected The American Songbook. He has appeared on a number of cd's as a featured artist singing standards (for eg. Herbie Hancock's latest "Possibilities") and those tracks are like buried treasure. Of course wherever there is Michael Bublé there is steamy heat and "Let There Be Love" at Track 4 is a swingin' delight. Jill Scott's elegant touch for "Good Morning Heartache" at track 6 is reminiscent of creamy jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald but with contemporary flair. The underlying rhythm of that track makes it a unique listen. Yet, every track on this cd is so hot that if you play it in a room with a sensitive sprinkler system - you'll set it off. I think the simplicity of track 7: "To Love Again" has me coming back the most with arrangement by Gil Goldstein gentle guitar by Anthony Wilson extraordinary piano by Billy Childs bass by Robert Hurst and drums by Billy Kilson. I love that listen because you can hear the richness of Chris's talent. His trumpet can focus like a laser with perfect pitch or grace across a melody like a pebble skips across the surface of a still lake. He approaches his music with great care, whether his notes are short and sweet or long and lush they are all always graceful, obviously the result of years of practice and reworking his own unique style. Get the dual disc to hear and see Chris and David Sanborn play "Flamenco Sketches" originally recorded in "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis and John Coltrane - it's genuinely worth seeing AND hearing.

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