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Chris Botti – Impressions (2012) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44.1kHz]

Chris Botti – Impressions (2012)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1 kHz  | Time – 01:03:04 minutes | 591 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | © Columbia Records
Recorded: Ocean Way Recording; Chartmaker Studio; Newman Scoring Stage; Record One, Los Angeles; Air Lyndhurst Hall; The House; British Grove

Trumpeter Chris Botti follows up his 2007 classical-themed album Italia and his smash 2009 concert album Live in Boston with 2012’s Impressions. In many ways, Impressions combines the best of those two earlier albums by featuring more of the classical crossover and Latin-inflected style of Italia with a few pop reinterpretations and a handful of guest vocalists as in much of his previous work. Produced by famed fusion drummer and longtime Botti associate Bobby Colomby, Impressions is a languid and expertly crafted album in which Botti’s burnished, lyrical trumpet tone is often framed against lush orchestrations via arrangers including Vince Mendoza, Gil Goldstein, and others. To these ends, we get a gorgeous take on Frédéric Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C Minor, a duet with opera star Andrea Bocelli on the David Foster/Botti composition “Per Te [For You],” and a moving, Miles Davis-inspired duo version of R. Kelly’s “You Are Not Alone” featuring guitarist Leonardo Amuedo. Also intriguing are such cuts as Botti’s brooding and sultry collaboration with jazz piano legend Herbie Hancock on “Tango Suite,” his yearning, cinematic take on Astor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” with violinist Caroline Campbell, and his stark duet on the Gershwin standard “Summertime” with pianist Foster. Elsewhere, we get a Broadway-inspired rendition of Randy Newman’s “Losing You” featuring country singer Vince Gill, a re-pairing with guitarist Amuedo on the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” and an inspired interpretation of the Louis Armstrong number “What a Wonderful World” featuring guitarist/singer Mark Knopfler. As with most of Botti’s oeuvre, Impressions is a lyrical, romantic, and impeccably produced album that makes the most of the trumpeter’s generous skills. –Matt Collar

1 Prelude No. 20 in C Minor 4:55
2 Per Te (For You) (featuring Andrea Bocelli) 4:25
3 En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor 5:27
4 You Are Not Alone 3:23
5 Losing You (featuring Vince Gill) 6:11
6 Tango Suite (featuring Herbie Hancock) 6:38
7 Setembro 3:04
8 Oblivion (featuring Caroline Campbell) 4:23
9 Sevdah 5:47
10 Summertime (featuring David Foster) 3:42
11 Contigo En La Distancia 4:07
12 Over the Rainbow 3:21
13 What a Wonderful World (featuring Mark Knopfler) 7:34

Chris Botti – TrumpetAlex Acuña – Percussion
Walter Afanasieff – Keyboards, Choir Vocal
Ramón Stagnaro, Leonardo Amuedo – Guitar
Richard Bennett – Acoustic Guitar
Caroline Campbell – Violin
Pedro Eustache – Duduk
Lisa Fischer – Choir Vocal
Guy Fletcher – Fender Rhodes
Michael Valerio, Glenn Worf, David Hungate, Robert Hurst – Bass
David Foster, Herbie Hancock, Jim Cox, Billy Childs, John Jarvis, Geoffrey Keezer – Piano
Mark Knopfler – Vocal, Electric Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta, Ian Thomas – Drums
Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Tanja Tzarovska – Vocal


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