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To Love Again

To Love Again

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by Chris Botti

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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


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.

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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 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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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 T.P.   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
Schmitt   Engineer
Andy Snitzer   Pro-Tools
Marc Silag   Management
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Creative Consultant
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Heitor T.P.   Arranger
Jake Jackson   Engineer
Pablo Munguia   Engineer
Paul Santo   Engineer
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger
Irecyr Franco   Engineer

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To Love Again 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great CD by an awesome performer with quite a few impressive duets!
Jo-weaver More than 1 year ago
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!
NoOneFan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
wsu96 More than 1 year ago
Chris takes "classic" all-american songs and gives a new interpretation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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