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Impressions by Chris Botti
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Columbia
Although there are a few standards here -- "Summertime," "Over the Rainbow" and "What a Wonderful World" among them -- Botti's 2012 collection of populist instrumentals aren't so much jazz as they are jazzy. The trumpeter brings in a roster of guests from far-flung corners of the musical universe: Jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, and silk-clad tenor Andrea Bocelli join the smooth ride, as do New Age artists like David Foster and violinist Caroline Campbell. The best track is his version of Randy Newman's "Losing You," which has a sweet and sad vocal from Vince Gill.
Nate Cavalieri
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