When I Fall in Love

When I Fall in Love

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by Chris Botti
     
 

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There’s always been the lurking suspicion that Chris Botti was actually an exceptional musician. The problem was that the smooth-jazz accoutrements often smothered the true gifts of this accomplished trumpeter. When I Fall in Love gets rid of the electronic production clutter, replacing synth sounds with a real, live string orchestra and bona-fide jazz playersSee more details below

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There’s always been the lurking suspicion that Chris Botti was actually an exceptional musician. The problem was that the smooth-jazz accoutrements often smothered the true gifts of this accomplished trumpeter. When I Fall in Love gets rid of the electronic production clutter, replacing synth sounds with a real, live string orchestra and bona-fide jazz players as a support team. It won't surprise his fans to learn that Botti shines in his this new, organically lush atmosphere, which fully exposes the true sensuality and expressive depth of his horn work. Botti’s buddy Sting chips in for a pleasing vocal turn, but the spotlight rarely turns away from the star trumpeter. It’s Botti’s big moment, and he revels in it.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Trumpeter Chris Botti drops the synthesizers and drum loops of his previous effort, Thousand Kisses Deep, for a more elegant and traditional sound on When I Fall in Love. While Thousand Kisses Deep maximized Botti's penchant for mixing perfect pop songs with his Miles Davis-influenced jazz style, it nonetheless featured many of the electronic and processed sounds predictable on modern smooth jazz releases. By eschewing such "go to" pop-jazz production techniques as drum machines and synthesized strings in favor of the real instruments here, Botti ironically sounds utterly groundbreaking on what is ultimately a straight-ahead orchestral jazz album. While nowhere near as improvisationally adventurous as its predecessors, When I Fall in Love is still a revelation in the tradition of Sketches of Spain, Clifford Brown With Strings, and Wynton Marsalis' Hot House Flowers. Mixing standards and contemporary pop tunes all in a straight-ahead style, Botti gives his minimalist Miles-ian horn sound a chance to breath and be enjoyed on its own. Boldly, Botti swings here with a big band on "Let's Fall in Love," and after years of guessing that he would sound great on a standard ballad, you get to enjoy the proof as he sighs and coos his way through "My Romance" with a plaintive tone perfectly counterbalanced by full string orchestra. But it's not just the standards that impress; he turns the Sade classic "No Ordinary Love" into a moody and atmospheric paean that wouldn't sound out of place on Kind of Blue. Similarly, Sting's "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" -- featuring the ex-Police frontman -- brilliantly combines hardcore jazz improvisation on a radio-friendly modern Latin ballad. Botti should also be commended for choosing a stellar group of backing musicians including the underappreciated pianist Billy Childs, who adds his stylish touch on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes. While Botti has broken new ground in the smooth jazz genre in the past, his rediscovery of his jazz roots makes When I Fall in Love the album he has been threatening to make his whole career.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969287224
catalogNumber:
92872
Rank:
13657

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Botti   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Sting   Vocals
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Gil Goldstein   Accordion
Bob Sheppard   Saxophone
Derek Watkins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Stan Sulzmann   Flute,Alto Flute
Paula Cole   Vocals
John Barclay   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Guy Barker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Pete Beachill   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Mitch Dalton   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Alec Dankworth   Double Bass
Caroline Dearney   Cello
Richard Edwards   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Roger Garland   Violin,Leader
Nigel Hitchcock   Alto Saxophone
Paul Kegg   Cello
Billy Kilson   Drums
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
Anthony Lewis   Cello
London Session Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Rita Manning   Violin
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Steve Morris   Violin
Mark Nightingale   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Anthony Pleeth   Cello
Maciej Rakowski   Violin
George Robertson   Viola
Ralph Salmins   Drums
Kenneth Sillito   Violin,Leader
Jamie Talbot   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
David Theodore   Oboe
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Philip Todd   Flute,Alto Flute
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Richard Bissill   French Horn
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Paul Willey   Violin
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Tom Bowes   Violin
Rolf Wilson   Violin,Leader
Helen Keen   Flute,Alto Flute
Julian Leaper   Violin
Anthony Pike   Clarinet
Edward Vanderspar   Viola
Ivo Jan Vanderwerff   Viola
Andy Panayi   Bass Flute
Jane Marshall   Cor anglais
Mike Thompson   French Horn
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Dave Stewart   Euphonium,Bass Trombone
David Pyatt   French Horn
Jonathan Evans Jones   Violin
Billy Childs Trio   Piano,fender rhodes
Jill Zadeh   Vocals
Karen Jones   Flute,Alto Flute
Fiona Hibbert   Harp
Patrick Lannigan   Double Bass
Nick Rodwell   Clarinet
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Jon Ossman   Bass
Federico Gonzalez Peña   Piano
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Brian Bromberg   Arranger,Producer
Gil Goldstein   Orchestral Arrangements
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Bobby Colomby   Arranger,Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Mark Schulman   Arranger
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Mike Anthony   Vocal Arrangements

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