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Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions - Live in Concert

4.2 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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ON DECEMBER 3, 2001 ACCLAIMED TRUMPETER CHRIS BOTTI & HIS BAND TOOK THE STAGE AT THE HISTORI EL REY THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES FOR AN EVENING OF EVOCATIVE & SENSUAL MUSIC.

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  • Actors: Chris Botti
  • Directors: Michael Drumm
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Sony Legacy
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006CXGD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,412 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions - Live in Concert" on IMDb

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This is a superb jazz concert I recommend adding to your dvd music collection. Chris Botti wrote most of the tunes here and says he finished the whole project in 10 weeks. These jazz pieces are excellent compositions in jazz/rock style. I was expecting a live concert, and it IS shot in front of a live audience, but it's apparent that Chris has dubbed over his part in the studio. I'll explain more about this in a moment (and why I don't reduce any stars).
There is a very well balanced mix of slow and fast works presented here that keep the concert interesting and moving forward. The slow pieces beautifully showcase Botti's 'golden' trumpet tone, and the upbeat pieces are fun and energetic jazz/rock fusion works. This isn't swing style, it's jazz/rock style, and I enjoyed all of them tremendously.
The editing and camera work is excellent, almost always focusing on the right musician at the right time, with a pleasing and intelligent mix of steady close-ups, wide shots, side shots, etc... Nothing gets in the way of enjoying watching the music making here, thank goodness.
Chris's compositions here are mini-masterpieces of jazz/rock fusion. These compositions have good melodies and form- Chris starts off with the main melody on his trumpet, the piece then turns into a mini-jam session in the middle, and then returns back to the main melody in a very satisfying and crowd pleasing manner. No weird, experimental, gimmicky, or boring music here to have to fast forward past.
Another interesting thing about Chris's arrangements is that he is the only horn player in the band- the rest of the band is guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard. Unlike other popular trumpet players that have bands with horn sections, the absence of a horn (and sax) section here is not missed at all.
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This is my first encounter with Chris Botti. Won't be my last but this isn't a dvd to write home about. Not that Botti can't play, or doesn't have some fine side musicians and guests. Or that there is some occasionally poor dubbing. The whole thing seems flat to me. Sound not well positioned and lacking depth, some irratic color. As I watched I kept thinking how much better it would have been had this been a true live performance, not a film with cd dubbed in. What is jazz if not a great live experience? Sure, it's fair enough to clean things up, do some re-engineering. But a whole performance! Makes one feel as though the artist had relatively little to say and that record company was happy enough to cut and paste a stylish collage. This all said, the music is good and maybe this is the kind of dvd which, after a first viewing, is used for background to reading about Miles or Chet, working on the computer or cooking a curry without spice. Let's hope the next one turns Botti and his fine group truly loose.
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If you like smooth, mellow pop/jazz, you will like this DVD, but primarily for the music itself. I was very disappointed in that it was a "filmed live" performance. This takes away from the intimacy of a "true live" performance and the sound also suffers. The music on this DVD was obviously taken directly from the "Night Sessions" CD and "dubbed into" the performance making it seem quite detached from the video. Although produced with Dolby Digital 5.1, the sound quality left alot to be desired. Although I'm a big fan of Chris Botti, I would not have purchased this DVD if I had known it would not be an "actual live" performance.
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I agree the out of synch soundtrack has moments that are distracting but none of the tracks are studio versions. But someone obviously clipped the live performance recording and this clipped version does not synch visually with the performance at about 3 seperate noticeable moments in the concert. Still it is always a pleasure to watch a musician work his craft and after having seen Chris live and also owning this DVD I can honestly say it deserves a better rating than some give it for the few technical glitches that detract from an otherwise small and intimate concert venue
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I was dissapointed with the over dubbing. If I wanted a studio recording I would buy one. There is some intrisic connection you make with seeing a live performance, that doesn't always happen here.
At first you might not notice the overdubbing, but after you do, you begin to question every note. I think he redoes some written solos, most of the endings etc. I'd rather hear him miss a note, than watch a disconnected video and audio. That's part of the live experience is you present yourself, warts and all, no safety net. It almost fraudulent to dub your mistakes. That's what studios are for, not stages.
Beyond that, the recording is great, Obviously, he had unlimited take in the studio later. So for putting in for listening its great, but if you intend to watch intently, you will know it's not live.
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After only a couple of minutes of watching this DVD I realized that this is not a "live" performance as the description indicates. I was looking forward to a great live jazz concert and what I got was a studio recording dubbed over the top of live footage. I wish I'd known this and read the reviews here ahead of time because I would not have purchased this DVD.
Chris is a very good artist, but this presentation is very lacking, and there is a certain coldness to the entire thing, including Chris' distant and aloof personality that he seems to have during this concert. Give me Dave Koz instead any day.
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