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  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 22, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GRP Records
  • ASIN: B00000JBFS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Whether his trumpet is open or muted, Chris Botti is an artist of the subtlest detail, able to draw an emotion with the briefest phrase. Sometimes even a single note--a sudden high, a muffled half valve, or a burred aside in the lower register--can be telling. On Slowing Down the World, he's consciously invoking the quiet moments, creating limpid pools of melody and reflection. That attention to the nuance of mood is apparent in his solo on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," when he begins with a welling, rising phrase that illuminates the mood created by vocalist Sting. Botti is supported throughout by top-rank musicians like bassist Tony Levin and drummer Peter Erskine, and the London Sessions Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Anna Dudley, creates a plush carpet of sound on four tracks. Bob James contributes his distinctive electric piano lines to "The Open Touch," and Botti sings on Randy Newman's "Same Girl," adding an intimate and plaintive tone that might suggest Chet Baker, who Botti pays homage to on Playing by Heart. --Adam Rains

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Caught, was the first CD I bought of his and I enjoy it.
"kathrynmarie"
With SLOWING DOWN THE WORLD, you can always close your eyes and hear what it says, every time.
London Braithewaite
Any fan would enjoy this, as well as any soft jazz lover.
D. A. Haines

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I took a chance on this CD because I love smooth jazz trumpeters, who are pretty rare amid the flood of sax and piano artists. I had the choice between Slowing Down The World and Midnight Without You and had never heard of Chris Botti before. I noticed Slowing Down The World was characterized as very smooth and sensual on the liner notes so I chose it. "Smooth and Sensual" is quite an understatement!
I was euphoric when I played Slowing Down The World the first time and I still can't stop playing it. What a delightful album; consistent and excellent all the way through. I will be buying all of Chris Botti's CDs. Creed Taylor would surely have signed Chris up 25 years ago and he would have been another Freddie Hubbard on the superb CTI label.
My favorite track is number 5, The Open Touch. This is clearly the zenith track and must be heard several times all the way through for full appreciation. It is a Smooth Jazz #1 calibre track. Slowing Down The World has the obligatory Michael Franks-type vocal track and Sting's vocal appearance is OK, but I really wish smooth jazz albums would be purely instrumental. Why mar such instrumental elegance and spoil the mood? Leave the singing to pop and rock.
Botti is extremely soulful and sensuous and each note is clearly evocative of intense mood; he is to smooth jazz trumpet what David Gilmour is to rock guitar. Botti's notes and textures are rich and sophisticated, his phrasing and rhythms reassuring and elegant, and the overall atmosphere created in the CD is very polished, classy, and richly detailed.
A great album for two lovers to savor over chilled glasses of wine in a romantic setting like a candlelit bubblebath or while making slow passionate love. This will truly be one of the albums many satisfied fans will treasure for many hours of exquiste enjoyment.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "kathrynmarie" on March 11, 2000
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This is the fourth Chris Botti CD I have bought and I just can't say enough. His music just makes you feel content, sensual and happy. I never tire of his trumpet style. On this CD I love all the songs, but two in particular stand out. Under a Painted Sky and Irresistable Bliss. He never disappoints.
I rank his CDs in the following order:
First Wish, is my favorite. Midnight Without You, is a very close second place. Caught, was the first CD I bought of his and I enjoy it. Slowing Down the World, is the most recent and I also enjoy it.
You can't go wrong with any one of these. Keep em coming Chris.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda Hartley on January 29, 2002
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Listening to music and my heart felt every note and loved how it felt as the music flowed effortlessly and beautifully as Chris shared his heart through his music. Touched by the subtle expressions so softly, yet felt so profoundly, this is beautiful music to Slow Down Your World and be in the moment! Just beautiful Chris thank you for sharing the love.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margie A. Kline on April 4, 2000
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This was the first CD I purchased of Botti's and I want them all. It was immediately my "favorite" of smooth jazz albums that I own. He has a sound and flavor that is unique. An incredible musician with a style all of his own.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "yellowgiraffe" on December 11, 2000
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This CD really has the effect of slowing down the world - no kidding. Chris Botti's style suddenly make musicians like Dave Koz sound "plebian". Not that Dave Koz is lousy, it's kind of like Dave's music is a bottle of table wine and Chris' is vintage.
Guys, listen here, it's difficult not to impress ladies if you play Chris Botti. Trust me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MICHAEL E. BOYD on February 5, 2000
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Chris Botti's Slowing Down the World is a very smooth cd.His playing style is relaxing with a full tone that takes away my stress. I have been playing trumpet on and off for 36 years. Chris Botti's sound is very inspiring to me. I also like Rick Braun's trumpet sound but Botti's is somewhat different. I would recommend this cd highly.The only song I did not care for was "Same Girl" because of Botti's vocals on this cut.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ti Romano on March 20, 2000
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Mr. Botti is a stand out musician who tries hard to keep a low profile. How can he? His music, attributed to extensive work and fine natural ability, separates him from other contemporary jazz musicians. He arranged his CD to be one that is absolutely inviting, especially The Look and The Place Between Us. Why Not? spills more than the obvious. Looking forward to more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anita W. on January 7, 2000
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I didn't know who Chris Botti was before I saw him in concert with Al Jarreau. Not easily impressed, he won me over from the first song "Irresistible" which is still my favorite. Thanks Chris for creating a perfect CD for those 'special' times!
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