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Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions - Live in Concert (2002)

Chris Botti , Michael Drumm  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Botti
  • Directors: Michael Drumm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXGD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions - Live in Concert" on IMDb

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Botti's star-studded performance featuring Sting and Shawn Colvin, was taped live at the historic El Rey Theater in Los Angeles in December, 2001. Performances on Chris Botti & Friends Night Sessions: Live In Concert include: "Lisa", "Streets Ahead", "Mi

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jazz/rock at it's best. December 29, 2002
This is a superb jazz concert I recommend adding to your dvd music collection. Chris Botti wrote most of the tunes here and says he finished the whole project in 10 weeks. These jazz pieces are excellent compositions in jazz/rock style. I was expecting a live concert, and it IS shot in front of a live audience, but it's apparent that Chris has dubbed over his part in the studio. I'll explain more about this in a moment (and why I don't reduce any stars).
There is a very well balanced mix of slow and fast works presented here that keep the concert interesting and moving forward. The slow pieces beautifully showcase Botti's 'golden' trumpet tone, and the upbeat pieces are fun and energetic jazz/rock fusion works. This isn't swing style, it's jazz/rock style, and I enjoyed all of them tremendously.
The editing and camera work is excellent, almost always focusing on the right musician at the right time, with a pleasing and intelligent mix of steady close-ups, wide shots, side shots, etc... Nothing gets in the way of enjoying watching the music making here, thank goodness.
Chris's compositions here are mini-masterpieces of jazz/rock fusion. These compositions have good melodies and form- Chris starts off with the main melody on his trumpet, the piece then turns into a mini-jam session in the middle, and then returns back to the main melody in a very satisfying and crowd pleasing manner. No weird, experimental, gimmicky, or boring music here to have to fast forward past.
Another interesting thing about Chris's arrangements is that he is the only horn player in the band- the rest of the band is guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. Unlike other popular trumpet players that have bands with horn sections, the absence of a horn (and sax) section here is not missed at all.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars More Flaccid than Smooth July 5, 2004
This is my first encounter with Chris Botti. Won't be my last but this isn't a dvd to write home about. Not that Botti can't play, or doesn't have some fine side musicians and guests. Or that there is some occasionally poor dubbing. The whole thing seems flat to me. Sound not well positioned and lacking depth, some irratic color. As I watched I kept thinking how much better it would have been had this been a true live performance, not a film with cd dubbed in. What is jazz if not a great live experience? Sure, it's fair enough to clean things up, do some re-engineering. But a whole performance! Makes one feel as though the artist had relatively little to say and that record company was happy enough to cut and paste a stylish collage. This all said, the music is good and maybe this is the kind of dvd which, after a first viewing, is used for background to reading about Miles or Chet, working on the computer or cooking a curry without spice. Let's hope the next one turns Botti and his fine group truly loose.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a True Live Performance June 19, 2003
If you like smooth, mellow pop/jazz, you will like this DVD, but primarily for the music itself. I was very disappointed in that it was a "filmed live" performance. This takes away from the intimacy of a "true live" performance and the sound also suffers. The music on this DVD was obviously taken directly from the "Night Sessions" CD and "dubbed into" the performance making it seem quite detached from the video. Although produced with Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound quality left alot to be desired. Although I'm a big fan of Chris Botti, I would not have purchased this DVD if I had known it would not be an "actual live" performance.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not studio dubbing, live recording but glitches December 2, 2004
By R. Lutz
I agree the out of synch soundtrack has moments that are distracting but none of the tracks are studio versions. But someone obviously clipped the live performance recording and this clipped version does not synch visually with the performance at about 3 seperate noticeable moments in the concert. Still it is always a pleasure to watch a musician work his craft and after having seen Chris live and also owning this DVD I can honestly say it deserves a better rating than some give it for the few technical glitches that detract from an otherwise small and intimate concert venue
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Studio Dubbing September 26, 2003
I was dissapointed with the over dubbing. If I wanted a studio recording I would buy one. There is some intrisic connection you make with seeing a live performance, that doesn't always happen here.
At first you might not notice the overdubbing, but after you do, you begin to question every note. I think he redoes some written solos, most of the endings etc. I'd rather hear him miss a note, than watch a disconnected video and audio. That's part of the live experience is you present yourself, warts and all, no safety net. It almost fraudulent to dub your mistakes. That's what studios are for, not stages.
Beyond that, the recording is great, Obviously, he had unlimited take in the studio later. So for putting in for listening its great, but if you intend to watch intently, you will know it's not live.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading January 31, 2004
After only a couple of minutes of watching this DVD I realized that this is not a "live" performance as the description indicates. I was looking forward to a great live jazz concert and what I got was a studio recording dubbed over the top of live footage. I wish I'd known this and read the reviews here ahead of time because I would not have purchased this DVD.
Chris is a very good artist, but this presentation is very lacking, and there is a certain coldness to the entire thing, including Chris' distant and aloof personality that he seems to have during this concert. Give me Dave Koz instead any day.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased with purchase, thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Steve Catlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Botti and Friends, Night Sessions.
Another great album by Chris and his friends. It is everything I expected and more.
Published 2 months ago by Lee in VA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great entertainment.
Published 3 months ago by Edward Post
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice performances! The only thing which hurts it somewhat ...
Nice performances! The only thing which hurts it somewhat is the fact that it is not state of the art technology! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Don Wonn
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor compared to live concerts
After you have watched his Live in Boston and Live in LA, this DVD is a let down..sorry I bought it
Published 5 months ago by Frederick J. Pack II
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, dissapointing video quality
This is a great, great DVD by Chris that I first saw on a flight to Europe. Wanting to get more out of the video since I enjoy watching musicians at their best (Karen Teperberg... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pav Tabares
2.0 out of 5 stars Chris Botti & Friends DVD
Not as good as his later concerts. Will only purchase his most recent albums and DVD's from now on. Chris is the best trumpet player I have ever heard.
Published 10 months ago by Dwight F. Stobbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great musician
I have all of Chris Botti's recordings. His music is excellent. What great talent. I will get them all as they are released. This purchase was great. The man is a superb musician!
Published 16 months ago by Hombre
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music
I love listening to this man play the horn OMG he is the best. I have his CDs and DVDs and now have others listening to his great sounds. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dolores Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic DVD for music lovers
We decided to give loved ones things that we love. One of those items is this DVD.

You don't have to buy a ticket, hassle with parking or worry about the crowds. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Toni Shibayama
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