domingo, 1 de março de 2015

Chris Botti in Boston, 2008.

Chris Botti in Boston features trumpeter Chris Botti along with a bevy of name artists performing live with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hall in 2008. Fully documented as a concert film and album, the night is an intimate and soulful birds-eye view of the supple-toned trumpeter who has grown into his role as a virtuoso since his time backing up Sting -- who of course appears here. Perhaps it isn't surprising then the concert is subtly reminiscent of Sting's own classic coming of age concert moment Bring on the Night. If Sting's 1986 show was an attempt to reintroduce himself to the world as a pop-cum-jazz artist, then Botti's 2008 show is clearly a showcase for the one-time smooth jazz wunderkind to fully represent himself as the eye of his own crossover storm. Having never fully embraced the synthetic vibe of the smooth jazz sound, Botti has spent his time since 2004's massively popular When I Fall in Love creating his own organic, acoustic and "straight-ahead" crossover jazz. In the context of contemporary smooth jazz, Botti's retro-gesture is actually kind of innovative. Clearly owing a heavy debt to legendary trumpeter Miles Davis, Botti not only surrounds himself with the elegant, live Boston Pops Orchestra, but has hired some of the most heavy-hitting rhythm section players on the scene with drummer Billy Kilson, bassist Robert Hurst, pianist Billy Childs, guitarist Mark Whitfield, and others. The result clearly pulls much inspiration from Davis' work with Gil Evans -- he even plays "Flamenco Sketches" -- but never seems to belabor the comparison. Similarly, Botti's choice of guest artists including vocalist Josh Groban, violinist Lucia Micarelli, and even rocker Steven Tyler always appears genuinely considered based on Botti's own musical taste. And although pairing the elegant cellist Yo-Yo Ma with Botti is somewhat of a no-brainer, their work together here, much like the entire concert itself, is never less than breathtaking. 1. "Ave Maria" Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Gounod 2. "When I Fall in Love" Victor Young, Edward Heyman 3. "Caruso" Lucio Dalla 4. "Seven Days" (feat. Sting and Dominic Miller) Sting 5. "Broken Vow" (feat. Josh Groban) Lara Fabian, Walter Afanasieff 6. "Flamenco Sketches" Miles Davis, Bill Evans 7. "Hallelujah" Leonard Cohen 8. "I've Got You Under My Skin" (feat. Katharine McPhee) Cole Porter 9. "Cinema Paradiso" (feat. Yo-Yo Ma) Andrea Morricone, Ennio Morricone 10. "The Look of Love" (feat. Sy Smith) Burt Bacharach, Hal David 11. "Emmanuel" (feat. Lucia Micarelli) Michel Colombier 12. "Glad to Be Unhappy" (feat. John Mayer) Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart 13. "Cryin'" (feat. Steven Tyler) Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Taylor Rhodes 14. "Smile" (feat. Steven Tyler) Charlie Chaplin, John Turner, Geoffrey Parsons 15. "Indian Summer" Mark Goldenberg 16. "Shape of My Heart" (feat. Sting and Josh Groban) Sting, Dominic Miller 17. "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" (feat. Sting and Dominic Miller) Sting 18. "Time to Say Goodbye" Francesco Sartori, Lucio Quarantott Música

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