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Reviewers: Don Mather, Dick Stafford, Marc Bridle, John Eyles, Ian Lace, Colin Clarke, Jack Ashby




Crotchet
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CHRIS BOTTI

THE VERY BEST OF CHRIS BOTTI



Chris Botti - trumpet, keyboards with various rhythm sections. The London Sessions Orchestra ( 3 & 11 ). Paul Buchanan - vocal ( 4 ) . Jonathan Brooke - vocal -( 6 ). Edie Brickell - vocal ( 9 ).

Original releases 1995 - 1999

GRP 589- 848-2

 

 



1. Regroovable
2. First Wish
3. Drive Time
4. Midnight Without You with The Blue Nile
5. Worlds Outside
6. Forgiven
7. Why Not
8. Mr. Wah
9. Like I Do Now
10. The Way Home
11. Irresistible Bliss

A musician does not become one of the chosen trumpet players to tour with, amongst others, Paul Simon and Sting unless he is possessed of a certain amount of talent and proficiency. I enjoyed the tracks by Chris Botti to be found on " More Smooth Jazz On A Summer's Day" but do not have the same feelings about this Best Of compilation. I found the music entertaining in small doses but feel that a whole disc is a little too much of a good thing.

I must state, from the beginning, that Botti is a technically accomplished player who fits the "Smooth Jazz " categorisation most adequately. However, the pieces to be heard here are rather too interchangeable in style and content. There is a depressingly recurrent rock beat throughout which, to my ears, relegates much of the content to the category of background or "lift " music.

Botti mines the vein covered in the past by such players as Eddie Henderson and Chuck Mangione and fails top bring anything new to the genre. This is easy on the ear stuff but it will not hold the attention of any but the most casual listener. The trumpet sound is enhanced on all tracks with a great deal of reverb and other effects. It seems a shame that a player with such instrumental ability could not find anything more interesting to say.

The vocals are at best mediocre and the songs themselves fall into the area that can only be described as tedious. If I were to be buying a current releases on this label I feel sure that there would be many I would chose in preference to this one. It is a pity, Botti is obviously a player who is not revealing his full potential by working in this rather restrained area of music.



Dick Stafford

 



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