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Impressions

April 17, 2012

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 1:02:57
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  • ASIN: B007QYLHZK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,528 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite Botti CD's.
M. L. French
The music on this album has very good variety and great trumpet sound.
Greg Mudd
Can't go wrong buying this Album.
bruce wittenberg

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 89 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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21 of 25 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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7 of 8 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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23 of 31 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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12 of 16 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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56 of 81 people found the following review helpful By CopperHill on May 25, 2012
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First of all, I am an unabashed Botti fan and have seen him live 6 times. Anyone who's seen his show knows there is an unbelievable energy and passion about the music from the band, but this CD has NONE. And it PAINS me to say that. His unrelenting touring for the past 6 or 7 years, playing the same songs night after night after night, is taking a heavy toll in the creativity department - these performances were phoned in, including the banal arrangements and dreadful orchestration. To me, this CD is one, big Sominex, lazy, massively self-indulgent and highly depressing! What in blue-blazes has happened to the lush, romantic Botti-sound, tinged and sprinkled with classic-Miles seasoning???? Not happening here.

I've seen Leonardo play with Ivan Lins in concert twice and he is an AMAZING jazz-guitarist, but he might as well not even have showed up for this. Leo is one of the best jazz-guitarists on the scene today, why not let him loose??? This could have been a great showcase of his talents for the world to see, there's nothing here to do that.

Really disappointed, like another reviewer, I also wasn't expecting torrid trumpet runs, but this collection is an absolute mess, great music to fall asleep to, though. Knopfler and Gill are horrendous and totally unlistenable (is this even remotely jazz, no it's mish-mash), and we get multiple David Foster entries. Again???? WHY??? Anyone who says this rendition of "Summertime" is even mediocre has never heard you-know-whose version (heck, they probably don't even know who you-know-who is). And why does being a really nice guy and accomplished in a polar opposite genre make Chris want to collaborate? (Answer below) And this is the best Chris and Herbie can come up with????? OK, it's very nice, smooth and mellow, but - BIG YAWN!!!!!
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