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Tracks

1. Lisa

2. Miami Overnight

3. Streets Ahead

4. Interlude

5. All Would Envy

6. Best Time

7. When I See You

8. You Move Me

9. Blue Horizon

10. Light The Stars

11. Through An Open Window

12. Easter Parade

Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Chris Botti (trumpet); Shawn Colvin, Lani Groves, Camilla (vocals); Bill Reichenbach (trombone); Kazu Matsui (shakuhachi); Kipper (keyboards, programming); Jeff Lorber, Billy Childs, Jeff Young (keyboards); Dominic Miller, Shane Fontayne, Heitor Pereira, Marc Shulman (guitar); Christian McBride, Jimmy Johnson, Jon Ossman (bass); Vinnie Colaiuta, Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums); Luis Conte (percussion).
  • Engineers include: Kevin Killen, Christopher J. Roberts, Kipper.
  • Recorded at Boogie Nights, Hollywood and Sony Studios, Santa Monica, California; Clear Creek Recording, Austin, Texas; Ted Spencer Recording, New York, New York.
  • At the precise moment when a corporate reshuffling and a reduced roster led to death knells in the press for Columbia Records' jazz division, Chris Botti was signing on after three albums at rival Verve, the jazz arm of Universal. Along with Bela Fleck, poached from Warner Bros., Botti seemed to represent the new lean-and-mean Columbia Jazz, an eclectic, contemporary artist with considerable crossover potential to go with his jazz legitimacy. While the dominant sound on Botti's Columbia debut is naturally his haunting, minor-key trumpet playing, highly reminiscent of the more introspective aspect of Miles Davis, his original music, co-written with one-name producer Kipper, is strongly reminiscent of the pop-jazz approach of his most recent employer, Sting, whose tour hiatus created the opportunity for the recording of the album. Sting even contributes a song, the samba-paced "All Would Envy," complete with lyrics describing a wealthy May-December marriage, sung by Shawn Colvin. But elsewhere his spare, stylish, multi-cultural music provides a guiding principle. Botti is true to the basic tenets of smooth jazz, which hold that a steady beat within a propulsive rhythm track must be maintained, over which the soloist makes his presence felt. But he and Kipper keep things simple, often using an acoustic guitar to create musical textures more suggestive of Rio than west Los Angeles, where the record was actually cut. And even with his less-is-more style of playing, Botti is capable of coming up with melodies that would be strong enough to support lyrics if someone wanted to write them. (A good example is "Light the Stars.") "Easter Parade," the final track, is by the members of the Blue Nile, another good touchstone for the trumpeter's moody, atmospheric sound. The result is a step above most of the cookie-cutter contemporary jazz albums of the day. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Q (1/02, p.96) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Sting's trumpeter....referred to as chill-out...peaceful....backed by a sympathetic band..."

Q (1/02, p.96) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Sting's trumpeter....referred to as chill-out...peaceful....backed by a sympathetic band..."

JazzTimes (12/01, p.110) - "...Botti is a master of detail and nuance, utilizing careful layers and details to build a mood. This quality is evidenced nicely here..."i

JazzTimes (12/01, p.110) - "...Botti is a master of detail and nuance, utilizing careful layers and details to build a mood. This quality is evidenced nicely here..."i
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