Well since this type of thread came up again, why not chime in. Chris Botti, he is the guy I listen to when I want to feel up. "Do it in Luxury" on A Thousand Deep Kisses, is one of my favorite songs. It is not a hard song, nor complicated. It is just a feel good song, that reminds me of a line of baby elephants walking behind their mama. Something almost out of a Disney film. And if a song can create that type of imagery for me, Chris must be doing something right.
It's the player, Not the horn that makes music.
I am not a pimple on the rear end of Chris Botti but I don't enjoy listening to him. Just not my thing. Doesn't mean I am putting him down.I am sure Mr. Botti is more than capable of playing the syles of music I enjoy. He just chooses a different path.
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Botti style music doesn't do a lot for me but, after watching a video, I believe he's a heck of a trumpet player. Someone mentioned Marsalis-the guy Vacchiano called a "genius" when he additioned at Julliard-someone who I find very exciting, musically.
My wife ( a trumpet listener ( not player ) ) commented tonight about Chris Botti. She said she really doesn't love to hear the trumpet....but she does love to hear the emotional passages that Chris puts into his versions. We've met Chris twice in Richmond and Durham recently. Chris has reason to be cocky, but he isn't. Voted in the top 50 most handsome batchelors in the world ! ? ! ......yeah he could be cocky. Of course I'm a Botti fan. I would sell a kidney to hear Chris and Herb Alpert play together. I read in Jazz magazine that Herb is out playing more with his wife. His wife was the lead female vocalist with Brazil 66 before Herb swept her off her feet and married her. One more thing that I've noticed from the concerts we attended. The average age of the audience is in the 60's I bet. A few 30's and more than a few teens. I think Chris does a fantastic job as our trumpet ambassador.
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