Chris Botti in Boston
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Chart-topping jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and special guests performed two star-studded concerts at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Special guests include Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Me, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, Sting and Steven Tyler.
Blu-ray Disc Tracklisting:
When I Fall in Love
Seven Days featuring Sting
Broken Vow featuring Josh Groban
I've Got You Under My Skin featuring Katharine McPhee
Cinema Paradiso featuring Yo-Yo Ma
The Look of Love featuring Sy Smith
Emmanuel featuring Lucia Micarelli
Glad to Be Unhappy featuring John Mayer
Cryin' featuring Steven Tyler
Smile featuring Steven Tyler
Shape of My Heart featuring Sting & Josh Groban
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You featuring Sting
Time to Say Goodbye
Bonus Feature: "Behind the Scenes - Chris Botti in Boston" (40 min.)
Running Time Approx. 160 minutes
Full 1080/24p High Definition Picture
Dolby TrueHD 7.1/5.1 Surround (96 kHz/24 bit)
Includes Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (640 kbps)
PCM (uncompressed) Stereo (48 kHz/24 bit)
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Technically, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1/5.1 sound track is enveloping, crisp, and impeccably mixed. (I only have 5.1 so cannot comment on the 7.1 mix.) The smooth sound of Chris' trumpet is perfectly captured not being harsh nor dark. Chris has amazing tone and it's beautifully represented on this disk. The picture is stunning without presenting annoying hues that many live concert videos do. Thank the lighting crew for that. The blacks are dark yet detailed, and the colors vibrant. Detail overall is excellent.
Performances? You will see some musicians in circumstances that you have never seen them before. Yo Yo Ma jamming with Chris on the beautiful "Cinema Paradiso", and Steven Tyler (Yes, that one!) singing "Smile" (Yes, that one!) to his father in the front row. Both are simply astonishing performances. And violinist Lucia Micarelli with blow you away with her passionate, and emotional playing.
To tell you the truth, I had not even heard of Chris Botti before I saw this disk. I am not just a fan raving about this Blu-Ray, but a person that was totally captured initially and continue to love this performance. It does lag a bit in the 2nd quarter of the show, but picks up again with some spectacular songs with great guest artists. (John Mayer, Kathrine McPhee anyone?)
Chris plays a humble yet very competent host and I think that even if you are not a fan of this type of music, you'll be hard pressed to stop watching this disk.
From the moment it started playing I was in awe. This is like listening to a high quality LP combined with superb HD video. Chris Botti has proven that he can easily stay away from the "smooth jazz" stereotype and on this recording he delivered something for everyone to enjoy from rock to Bach. To emphasize that point, my wife generally does not enjoy jazz and will usually leave the room when I am listening to that genre. In this case, she sat down with me and watched the entire video with me, commenting how great many of the performers were. She had favorites like Sting and Steven Tyler but she actually enjoyed other like Yo-Yo Ma and Lucia Micarelli. She got a few tears from Steven Tyler's dedication of Smile to his father and was very moved. My father who is now 90 years old and has a great love of music watched the disc on a recent visit to our home and said Ave Maria was one of the best renditions of that song he had heard. I would bet anyone among your family and friends that is between 16 and 100 years old will truly enjoy this recording.
In closing my review I would like to point out that our family now usually rent instead of owning DVDs and Blu-Rays due to the uncertain future of where technology will take us and the fear of a load of obsolete media but this is one of those that you can play over and over. It is worth owning and worth every penny. After the initial viewing it makes for great background music when working around the house and is nice to put on when guests are visiting.
On a footnote I STRONGLY encourage you to watch some of the bonus material! There is a man who had a medical emergency in the audience during the performance and you will hear about it and how the Chris Botti and Sting got the audience back on track, it is delightful.
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Extremely well produced performance, both audio and video.Read more