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Discussion in 'TM Lounge' started by ALLCHOPS, Oct 23, 2005.
He totally sucked. I have high school students that could have done better than that. What is his deal? Every time I've seen him over the past year he has gotten worse with each performance.
Tell me that 99% of high school all state band members from across this country could not have played what he just played. I just find nothing special about his playing when he is live.
Right...and while Botti is performing in front of millions of people on TV you and your "99% of the HS all-staters" are siiting at home watching him...go figure! I'm getting sick and tired of "wannabees" putting this guy down. He's a fine player...get over it!
Chet, I think it is somewhat ironic that you're defending Botti. Wasn't Chet originally promoted as a handsome, young alternative to Miles Davis? Now, I'm not trying to knock Chet Baker because I think that he really had the musical goods, but I see some of the same kind of promotion used in the marketing of Chris Botti. The difference, though, is that I really don't like Botti's music. I think it's a little too "pop," too many cliches. From what I have heard of him, he does his best to copy Mile's late style... harmon mute, heavy reliance on machines instead of live musicians...
I haven't heard him recently, certainly not tonight, I just have his first CD and I wish I could return it... But hey, the guys making a living playing music, so I can't talk...
The announcer doing the game pitched him as one of the best trumpet players around or something to that effect. I said, "Who the heck is he talking about?" When I realized it was Mr. Botti I just sort of chuckled and turned the channel.
I guess a lot of people enjoy his stuff, its like elevator music to me, not horrible and not great, just kinda 'there'. But, when you consider the 'talent' that gets pushed on us these days, ala Spears, Lopez, etc, etc. well, what can you expect.
Was it Tony Danza that was singing on TV a few days ago and had Chris alongside? If so, I can see that some folks might like the lounge music he was leaning towards; my impresson of his solos was "weak" I'm afraid. He did a pretty good job of getting an impression of Chet's sound out but I didn't feel that he has Chet's imagination.
I have to give him credit, he has found a market even if it did remind me a bit of that soprano sax "player"... what'sisname. I hope he does well but he's got a ways to go before he attracts my dollar. I'd rather go listen to Nick D or Bart Ciampa.
I missed that but did buy & listen to his new CD/DVD. The DVD side, with 4 live performances with his quartet is a treat, IMO. All good players. I like the album as well. Very much like the last, I'll admit, but well done, again , IMO.
I like Chris Botti's stuff. he has a nice sound and some good lines. The best thing is that my wife quite fancies him so she doesn't mind when I stick one of his CDs on. If only she fancied Miles!!!!!! women!!!
My dad told me about his "fancy" America the Beautiful. I did not get a chance to see or hear it. Anyone know were it might be on the web??