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Chris Botti: Live with Orchestra and Special Guests [Blu-ray] (2007)

Chris Botti , Jim Gable  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Botti
  • Directors: Jim Gable
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (PCM Surround)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony BMG
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCY6A4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chris Botti: Live with Orchestra and Special Guests [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From the Contributor

1. Someone To Watch Over Me
2. When I Fall In Love
3. A Thousand Kisses Deep
4. What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life featuring Sting
5. Good Morning Heartache featuring Jill Scott
6. My One and Only Love featuring Paula Cole & Burt Bacharach
7. Pennies From Heaven featuring Renee Olstead
8. Are You Lonesome Tonight? Featuring Paul Buchanan
9. Lover Man featuring Gladys Knight
10. My Funny Valentine featuring Sting
11. Why Not
12. One For My Baby
13. Bows (Credits)

Special Features:
* "Behind the Scenes: Chris Botti Live"- Never Before Seen Exclusive Footage of the concert event takes the viewer behind the scenes
* "The Musicians"- A profile of Chris Botti's extra ordinary band: Bill Childs (Piano), Billy Kilson (Drums), James Genus (Bass) and Mark Whitfield (Guitar)
* "One For My Baby"- This song was not part of the original PBS Broadcast
* "Interview With Chris"- An extensive interview with Chris, giving his personal account of the events that led up to these fantastic concerts.
* "Message in a Bottle" - Sting fronts Chris band for a stunning version of the Police Classic not on the PBS Broadcast

Video/Audio:
Mastered in High
Dolby Digital Stereo
PCM 5.1 Surround Sound (96khz/24 bit)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound

Product Description

December 2005. Los Angeles, California. Trumpeter Chris Botti, on the heels of his break-through gold certified album "When I Fall In Love", and the record-breaking follow up "To Love Again", plays two triumphant shows at the Wilshire Theatre backed by a full orchestra and his virtuosic band. Playing repertoire mostly culled from these two hit albums, Chris is joined onstage by some of the world's most accomplished singers and musicians (in order of appearance) Sting, Jill Scott, Paula Cole, Burt Bacharach, Renee Olstead, Paul Buchanan and Gladys Knight. Filmed for the PBS Special "Chris Botti Live With Orchestra and Special Guests" and now available on Blu-ray Disc.

Blu-ray Disc Track Listing:
1. Someone To Watch Over Me
2. When I Fall In Love
3. A Thousand Kisses Deep
4. What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life featuring Sting
5. Good Morning Heartache featuring Jill Scott
6. My One and Only Love featuring Paula Cole & Burt Bacharach
7. The Look Of Love featuring Paula Cole & Burt Bacharach
8. Cinema Paradiso
9. Pennies From Heaven featuring Renee Olstead
10. Are You Lonesome Tonight? Featuring Paul Buchanan
11. Lover Man featuring Gladys Knight
12. My Funny Valentine featuring Sting
13. Why Not
14. One For My Baby
15. Bows (Credits)


Special Features:
"Behind the Scenes: Chris Botti Live"- Never Before Seen Exclusive Footage of the concert event takes the viewer behind the scenes
"The Musicians"- A profile of Chris Botti's extra ordinary band: Bill Childs (Piano), Billy Kilson (Drums), James Genus (Bass) and Mark Whitfield (Guitar)
"One For My Baby"- This song was not part of the original PBS Broadcast
"Interview With Chris"- An extensive interview with Chris, giving his personal account of the events that led up to these fantastic concerts.
"Message in a Bottle" - Sting fronts Chris band for a stunning version of the Police Classic not on the PBS Broadcast

Video/Audio:
Mastered in High Definition
PCM 5.1 Surround Sound (96 khz/24 bit)
Dolby Digital Stereo (640kbps)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound (640kbps)


Customer Reviews

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Re-playing the magic of a summer night April 5, 2007
Format:DVD
After this magic night in L.A. with an all-star cast of guest vocalists, Chris Botti took the show on the road -- minus the great singers -- and on five consecutive nights stopped in as many Canadian cities, including this one. The all-instrumental show was, to my memory, even better (than this original show) because of the extended solos by Chris himself and his brilliant, accompanying musicians.

Botti told his Winnipeg audience that, when he toured with Sting, he was urged to "find yourself the best drummer in the world - and make him the heart of your band."

"So I Googled," he said, "for 'The baddest- *ss drummer in the world,' and up came the name Billy Kilson." Then Botti told us: "What you are about to see, you will not believe." He wasn't exaggerating. The drum solo (I forget the tune -- doesn't matter) was beyond any musical experience I've witnessed since Oscar Peterson last performed here 20 years ago.

I turned to the person next to me and said, "This is like watching a god." At one point Billy Kilson was performing with just one hand, multiple rhythms, with alternating shadings so subtle it sounded like he was using brushes, not sticks.

The entire band stood out in the front lobby of our "Burton Cummings Theatre" and signed autographs until every last patron had gone out into that good night. I wanted to talk to other members of this all star band, comprised of Grammy-winners, including pianist Billy Childs and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Instead, I went straight for Bill Kilson.

"Who are your heroes?" Billy thought about it a minute, (he has a modest, gentle demeanor) and said, "My teacher" (a lesser-known jazz drummer - but an influential artist whose name I can't recall six months later).
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great show! March 20, 2006
By R.S.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I happened to catch most of this special on PBS the other night. What a lovely concert! Not at all boring. The chemistry between Chris and his guests is so apparent during their duets. You can totally feel that Chris' trumpet is an extension of him; it's his voice and, coupled with a talented singer, is truly a treat for the eyes and ears. I was a little disappointed with Paula Cole's rendition of The Look of Love; she sounded kind of like she was sick and was a little off-key. Other than that, she has a beautiful voice. But the best performance that I saw, the one that brought me to my feet, was JILL SCOTT. I have no words for how stunning her performance was. It was not a sad, slow song but it brought tears to my eyes because she was so phenomenal. She brought down the house! Sting was so-so and Paul Buchanan was so-so. I am sorry that I missed Gladys Knight. Renee Olstead has an incredible voice (esp. for someone so young) but the song she sang did not do her much justice. All in all, the concert was great- I wish I had been there. I can not wait for the DVD to come out!
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressed March 8, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I always make fun of my friends who think their hip because they listen to smooth jazz. They drop names like Rick Braun, Kenny G and Norman Brown in the same sentences as Coltrane, Miles, Coleman and Ellington like there's no difference. Don't get me wrong- I like smooth jazz too- for what it is and what it isn't. That being said, I just watched the Chris Botti special on PBS during pledge and I am impressed with Chris Botti. Yeah, I knew he did the regular smooth jazz stuff. But he can actually play.This DVD chronicles an evening with the London Orchestra. He and his guest show remarkable range as they explore jazz standards and a couple of pop songs. I especially enjoyed Good Morning Heartache with Jill Scott and Pennies from Heaven with Renee Olstead (who the heck is that... trust me she can "SANG" !!!). I listened to ths using my Harmon Kardon's Hall setting and it sounded pretty good but no cigar. I can't wait to watch this with the 5.1 mix on the DVD.

All in all this is a nice DVD to have that showcases a smooth jazz stallworth bluring the lines to straight ahead jazz. I will certainily add this to my collection.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware - Blu-ray version is NOT hi-def February 26, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a great performance by Botti, but the Blu-ray version is NOT hi-def video. It is clearly 480i upsampled to 1080i, and mastered poorly at that.

I own both the DVD/CD combo pack and Blu-ray versions. Using an Oppo BDP-83SE and Pioneer 101FD, the DVD version upsamples much cleaner to 1080p. The Blu-ray version is soft and has many artifacts (halos, lacks detail, ringing, etc...). The audio is 96/24, but sounds no better than the DVD version. The packaging says "High Definition video and audio" but no mention of "1080".

Branko Vekic was mistaken in his review, this is not the Botti reference Blu-ray. Botti in Boston is the reference version and really shows what Blu-ray can do. It is 1080i/24fps with Dolby TrueHD....a must have to show off your system.

If you'd like to purchase this performance, your best bet is to get the DVD/CD combo version on sale.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a night to remember... March 15, 2006
Format:DVD
I, too, was at the Friday night concert. I took a very special lady friend to see this show as it was her birthday that day as well. To say that we both came away from that evening impressed would be a gross understatement!! It was, without a doubt, THE best concert I have seen in years. Chris was noticeably shaky in front of the camera, but, when he played it was pure perfection!! Backed by the London Session Orchestra, his own band which includes Billy Kilson on drums and Billy Childs on piano (both awesome musicians), and a host of celebrities from Sting to Burt Bacarach that appeared on his new CD "To Love Again", Chris had the Wilshire Theatre rockin'!! Chris' horn playing and the whole evening was a standout performance and I am so glad that the DVD is finally available (I ordered three tonight) and I hope this DVD does the concert justice. I will watch the PBS special (enduring all the pledge breaks I am sure) this Friday night here in L.A., but I can't wait to fire this up at home and relive every sweet second of that night, it was truly an night to remember and it will never be forgotten. Oh yeah, my lady friend thought it was the best birthday present ever !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
An amazing musician.
Published 10 days ago by Joe Friend
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I always look/listen this from time to time. So nice!
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Love this CD, one of the greatest versatile Musician of today.
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excellent CD if you like Chris Botti music and an orchestra for accompaniment
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Great performance and quality!
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Great guest, a real value. You will love this CD.I watch it all the time. Good video and sounds great
Published 5 months ago by Steven
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!
Great concert, and great drum solo. You will definitely watch this over and over. Great for introducing kids to Jazz and trumpet.
Published 6 months ago by Bogdan
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
An excellent DVD. I had the regular DVD where I loved the audio, but with Blu-ray, the video is sharp, making for a really special concert experience. Read more
Published 7 months ago by joshua martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful
This is a very special DVD. Excellent line up of singers and the music is just awesome. i could listen to this forever. The DVD was just great. Seeing it live tops it all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Debra Hawkins
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I love Chris Botti and thought I was purchasing a CD. My fault, I didn't read the description thoroughly - it's a DVD :-( Oh, well, when I have a few mins, I'll sit down and... Read more
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