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Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards. Hitting the road for 250 plus days per year, Chris and his incredible band have performed with many of the finest symphonies, at some of the world's most prestigious venues, including performances at the World Series and Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony.
Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith's own Steven Tyler.

On his new album Impressions, Chris Botti performs with superstars Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli, David Foster and Mark Knopfler.
Impressions includes songs written by an incredibly diverse roster of songwriters including Randy Newman, Herbie Hancock, R. Kelly, George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, David Foster, and Harold Arlen.


1. Prelude No. 20 in C
2. Per Te (For You)
3. En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
4. You Are Not Alone
5. Losing You
6. Tango Suite
7. Setembro
8. Oblivion
9. Sevdah
10. Summertime
11. Contigo En La Distancia
12. Over the Rainbow
13. What A Wonderful World

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B007DIQAHO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,024 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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88 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Katherine G. Allen on May 4, 2012
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I heard Chris Botti and Vince Gill perform "Losing You" on Good Morning America. I was so taken by the song I ordered the CD -- not knowing how I would like the rest of the album. To say I was pleasantly surprised doesn't begin to describe how happy I was with the album. It was an introduction to a completely different kind of music than I normally listen to, and I was captivated. I almost felt as though I had been transported to a higher plane. How had I missed this performer and his talents for so many years. I'll be looking into his other albums.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By jazzlover31 on April 24, 2012
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Chris brings a variety of songs to the table this time, all brought alive with the gorgeous tone of his trumpet. Highlights on the CD include the sexy, slow burning Oblivion, the spicy Tango Suite that has the wonderful piano intertwined with Chris's trumpet, the haunting Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, the classic Summertime that he took on and made his own, and Sevdah, a track that I'd like to point out among the bunch because his trumpet playing is very smooth and beautiful there. He hits an amazing high note in that song. This CD is a wonderfully crafted piece of work. Chris never disappoints. Impressions hasn't left my CD player since I bought it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Indy Rose on April 14, 2013
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I don't think there is anyone better on the scene today. I have most of his CD's and have enjoyed seeing him twice in person. I think he is fabulous and recommend all of his CD's highly.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine on April 19, 2012
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If you are a fan of Chris Botti, this production will not disappoint. Not only the "hauntingly beautiful" sounds from Chris (as described by Madeline Albright), but the addition of Leonardo Amuedo who adds a wonderful influence to each song in which he is involved, makes this a CD unlike the others before. I truly don't understand how he can produce music that speaks to each person so intimately (and yet be so fun in concert too! :) )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Ld Barker on April 10, 2014
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Stumbled upon this man's music via Pandora. Without hesitation, within
his first few trumpet notes and hearing his tone I knew I was going to
buy this collection of songs. I did and I've no regrets. I like that the entire
collection has a mellow "time to relax now" theme to it rather than
mood swings some artist do to show case their talent.
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28 of 40 people found the following review helpful By M. Werner on February 22, 2013
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I've been a fan of Chris' for quite a while now--not that that gives me unique insight or special license, or qualify my opinion more, to review this CD any better than others have. Nevertheless, being familiar with most of Chris' work and career does enable me to contextualize this CD within the lexicon of Mr. Botti's body of work. Suffice to say this CD is not one of Chris' better offerings; you could almost say it is a bad CD.
Impressions is a very subtle CD--there is a lot going on under the surface. Unfortunately it is so subtle that it borders on mind-numbing. Subtlety is fantastic for a song or two, but this CD never moves out of that mode. We never hear tunes in which Chris is backed up by a big band; or when Chris takes an extended solo to showcase his improvisational skills.
I agree with others who have commented on the lack-luster duets contained in this CD. Vince Gill's piece is mundane to the point of almost being trite; the performance is almost completely irrelevant. Covering Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" was a dreadful mistake that ranks up there with Steven Tyler covering "Smile" on the Chris'Live in Boston CD. And why, oh why, oh why, did someone not tell Chris that Mark Knopfler's version of "What a Wonderful World" was lifeless and virtually unlistenable. Andrea Bocelli's appearance on so many of Chris' CDs is beginning to wear thin.
I have been in the habit of buying Chris' CDs as soon as they are available for pre-order; this CD, I am sad to say, has stopped that tradition. I, like other reviewers, have attended many of Chris' concerts--some have been as many as three years apart. Disappointingly, Chris has played the same set list-- save for one or two songs, if the audience is lucky-- at virtually every show for the last 5-7 years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 9, 2013
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I bought this CD for my husband ~ so I haven' t really heard it. Husband is very pleased so I would have to say it has earned 5 stars.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jaceymon05 on August 20, 2012
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As an avid Chris Botti fan, having been in attendance at 2 of his concerts, I was disappointed and, mostly, bored by this showcase. The song and style selection lacks variety and, essentially, seems like the same song over and over again. I like and appreciate slow, moody jazz playing, but that style overwhelms this album. Where's the pizzazz? Where's the monstrous drumming that have created awe in live performances? I'm not sure if Botti even had fun making this album. The sound is uninspired as is Chris' face on the album cover photo. We know about his beautiful tone, its consistency up and down that amazing range he's got, and his ability to play smooth, flowing lines. That's all well and good, but this album greatly lacks in drive.

I'm a believer that the first track of an album should draw an audience in. It could be fast and fun, soulful, or a classic song that everyone knows and loves. And if track 1 doesn't do that, track 2 certainly should, or at least track 3! Impressions? These 3 are the most disappointing opening tracks I've ever encountered on a Botti album. The pace picks up a little bit in the middle of the album, but when the beginning is so uninspiring, many listeners will switch to another CD. Whoever had final say on the order of the tracks should be fired.

"Impressions" only has one track that I loved (kind of loved...), that being Tango Suite. Previous albums (When I Fall in Love, for example) have had as many as four beloved tracks. The smooth, careful string scoring in the background is alright, but it should not be used as the bulk of an album's background. I want more of the fun, upbeat, and meaningful Chris Botti that I've come to love. I want to get back to jazz. Strong jazz, dirty jazz, near-dangerous jazz that turns out to be worth the risk.
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Is Chris Botti "crossing" the same line of other crossovers like...
Pretty much the same...masss destruction music...:-(
I stopped buying his stuff!
Numbing and nonsensical.
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Would anybody call this recording JAZZ?
Jazz? Are you kidding? This is MOR!
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