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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.
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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 (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I am a new fan of Botti. I ordinarily listen to jazz, rock, blues, pop, and other more electric genres. But Botti possesses the most gorgeous tone I've heard in a long time. He is clearly a master of his instrument. If you listen to Miles you will know how tone can make music so enjoyable. Botti has so much control, you hear him 'strangle' notes in a way that Miles would do seemingly by accident--a kind of muffled smearing of the note that is part of the modern trumpet lexicon. Botti does it with pure intent. Listen to "En Aruanjuez Con Tu Amor," which is built on the same melody that Miles used on "Sketches of Spain." I love the recapitulation of the theme by the full orchestra, especially the glissandos by the horn section.
Another standout is Herbie Hancock's "Tango Suite." As characteristic of Hancock, the melody is elliptical and stretches your ears with quixotic chords that question, more than resolve. There is a sense of questing here, and the melody never quite finds a resting place. Herbie himself plays a typically brilliant cadenza in the middle before the orchestra returns. Then Chris enters, restates and spars with Herbie as they go on to reach a new climax with the orchestra.
Another highlight is Vince Gill's vocal work on "Losing You." His singing is heartfelt, and soulful.
Also contributing mightily to the whole work is the guitar of Leonardo Amuedo. His tone is also as beautiful as Botti's, and serves as a perfect foil and partner for Chris. Amuedo's classical guitar's tone is full and rich as he and weaves in, and counters Chris at perfect intervals.
Overall, I enjoy this album tremendously for its sound as well as its melodies and arrangements.
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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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