American jazz trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has developed a niche as an award-winning artist who blends jazz with different genres, including pop and classical music.
His recent album Impressions features an enviable list of guest artists, including Herbie Hancock, Andrea Bocelli and Mark Knopfler.
“If you go back to Kind of Blue [by] Miles Davis,” Botti says, “around 20 per cent of that whole record is Miles’ trumpet sound. He featured John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley and Bill Evans to play as a kind of foil to him.”
Botti takes inspiration from that sort of blending of artistic contributions, but chose to focus on featured guest voices for Impressions, released this spring.
“When I want to back away from the framework of what’s going on musically, then…the listener is hearing Herbie Hancock or Vince Gill or David Foster or Andrea Bocelli or Mark Knopfler,” he told CBC’s Zulekha Nathoo.
The question he asks himself, when contemplating new musical collaborators, is “Who do you get to step into the spotlight — when I’m not there — that is unique and musically satisfying?”
Over the years, Botti has shared the spotlight with an eclectic range of artists: from Sting and Paul Simon to Steven Tyler and Yo-Yo Ma to Frank Sinatra and Joni Mitchell.
Most jazz musicians want to “do their thing” and stay away from “pop music melding,” he admitted.
“For me, I like it. I think it’s unusual. I’m proud of the guests we’ve had…It all hangs together as a piece of music.”
After a gig in Toronto on Thursday night, Botti is set to play Ottawa on Friday as well as a concert in Montreal on July 1. Dates throughout the U.S. follow this summer, but he returns to Canada with a stop in Calgary in November.
BY AMY SMART, TIMESCOLONIST.COM / PHOTO BY BRUCE STOTESBURY
Who: Chris Botti
Where: Royal Theatre
Rating: Four stars (out of five)
Oh, Chris Botti — are you a thief? Because some hearts were certainly stolen at the Royal Theatre on Monday night.
It should come as no surprise that jazz trumpeter behind albums like A Thousand Kisses Deep (2003), When I Fall in Love (2004) and To Love Again: Duets (2005) was a smooth operator.
This man could write the rulebook on how to charm an audience. They snapped their fingers when he said snap. They laughed at his semi-self-deprecating stories — like the one when music mogul David Foster suggested he work with Andrea Bocelli (shows clout), but then he responded, “Hey David, What do you do? Call 1-800-Bocelli?” (shows he’s like everybody else). They may have even wiped a tear away when, for the first song after the encore, he pulled a 14-year-old drummer from the audience to join the band on stage for a heart-stopping rendition of Nessun Dorma.
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KRIPOTKIN By Alfred A. Yuson (The Philippine Star)
Everyone in the full house that enjoyed the Chris Botti: Live in Manila! concert last Tuesday at Resorts World Manila’s Newport Performing Arts Theater came away sated with excellent music — in all of its possible permutations at that.
At exactly 9:37 p.m. the top-selling American instrumental artist and the world’s No. 1 trumpeter started on his third number, for which alone I was there — for the sweet pain of music.
It was one of his fave pieces, Emmanuelle, composed by Michel Colombier, with its achingly haunting melody that comes vertiginously close to emo edge, but draws back in time to escape sappy “senti.”
Ha ha. Not exactly best enjoyed alone, but I’ll take it anytime, especially from among what must be a hundred compositions (and movies and porn flicks) entitled Emmanuelle.
Last November, when Chris Botti first performed live in Manila as a featured artist for Radio High’s 105.9’s official launch, ladies swooned all over Greenbelt 5’s Fashion Walk under a tent when the Grammy winner played the same number, in a duet with violinist Aurica Duca.
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