When I Fall in Love [DualDisc]

When I Fall in Love [DualDisc]

by Chris Botti


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When I Fall in Love [DualDisc]

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. [The DualDisc version of When I Fall in Love includes a DVD of bonus material featuring an enhanced stereo version of the album, a documentary of the recording process, and a previously unreleased live performance.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969457122
catalogNumber: 94571

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
Alec Dankworth   Double Bass
Caroline Dearney   Cello
Richard Edwards   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
Roger Garland   Violin
Nigel Hitchcock   Alto Saxophone
Paul Kegg   Cello
Billy Kilson   Drums
Anthony Lewis   Cello
Rita Manning   Violin
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
Jamie Talbot   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
David Theodore   Oboe
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Philip Todd   Flute,Alto Flute
Dave Woodcock   Violin
Cor Anglais   Bass Flute
Mary Scully   Double Bass
Peter Lale   Viola
Paul Willey   Violin
Richard Bissell   French Horn
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Frank Schaefer   Cello
Jackie Shave   Violin
Bruce White   Viola
Tom Bowes   Violin
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Helen Keen   Flute,Alto Flute
Julian Leaper   Violin
Anthony Pike   Clarinet
Edward Vanderspar   Viola
Ivo Jan Vanderwerff   Viola
Jane Marshall   Bass Flute
Mike Thompson   French Horn
Deborah Widdup   Violin
Dave Stewart   Euphonium,Tenor 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
Chris Laurence   Double Bass
David Daniels [cello]   Cello

Technical Credits

Brian Bromberg   Producer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger
Jeff Lorber   Producer,Engineer
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Bobby Colomby   Producer
Elliot Scheiner   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Marc Shulman   Arranger
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Creative Consultant
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger
Matt Skerrit   Producer
Calvin Aurand   Executive Producer

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