To Love Again: The Duets [Bonus CD/Gift Pack]

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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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

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." [The "Holiday Gift Pack" version of To Love Again features a bonus disc with six classic holiday songs culled from Botti's 2002 album December.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767552620
  • Catalog Number: 75526

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Botti Primary Artist, Trumpet
Gladys Knight Guest Appearance
Sting Guest Appearance
Brian Bromberg Bass
Billy Childs Piano
Peter Erskine Drums
Gil Goldstein Conductor
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
Derek Watkins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Robert Hurst Bass
Paula Cole Guest Appearance
John Barclay Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Guy Barker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Pete Beachill Tenor Trombone
Mark Berrow Violin
Dave Bishop Baritone Saxophone
Paul Buchanan Guest Appearance
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Richard Cottle Hammond Organ
Andy Findon Flute
Roger Garland Violin
Nigel Hitchcock Alto Saxophone
Paul Kegg Celli
Billy Kilson Drums
Chris Laurence Bass
The London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Martin Loveday Celli
Andy Macintosh Alto Saxophone
Rita Manning Violin
Christian McBride Bass
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
Steven Tyler Guest Appearance
Allen Walley Bass
Mary Scully Bass
Helen Tunstall Harp
Peter Lale Viola
Paul Willey Violin
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Viola
Martin Owen French Horn
Anthony Wilson Guitar
David Daniels [cello] Celli
Rolf Wilson Violin
Marcia Crayford Violin
Julian Leaper Violin
Anthony Pike Clarinet
Jane Marshall Cor anglais
Adrian Hallowell Bass Trombone
Nigel Black French Horn
Rachel Bolt Viola
Roger Argente Bass Trombone
Jill Scott Guest Appearance
Nick Barr Viola
Rosa Passos Guest Appearance
Ben Castle Tenor Saxophone
Reneé Olstead Guest Appearance
Billy Childs Trio Piano, Conductor
Michael Bublé Guest Appearance
Patrick Lannigan Bass
Nick Rodwell Clarinet
Richard Cookson Viola
Melissa Phelps Celli
Anthony Lewis Celli
David Woodcock Violin
Gabrielle Lester Violin
Caroline Dearnley Celli
Jonathan Williams Celli
Ivo Jan van der Werff Viola
Richard Berry French Horn
Andy Parker Viola
Steve Morris Violin
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger
Haydn Bendall Engineer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Chris Botti Composer
Bobby Colomby Producer, Audio Production
Ervin Drake Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Greg Phillinganes Arranger
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Andy Snitzer Digital Editing
Roy Turk Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ian Grant Composer
Charles Wesley Composer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff Creative Consultant
Steve Genewick Engineer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Robert Haggart Composer
Lou Handman Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Jake Jackson Engineer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Pablo Munguia Engineer
Paul Santo Engineer
Billy Childs Trio Arranger
Michael Lau Robles Assistant Art Design
Lionel Rand Composer
Irecyr Franco Engineer
Heitor Teixeira Pereira Arranger
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