[JPL] Chris Botti review by Nate Chinen
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Fri Dec 14 12:59:12 EST 2007
The guy is a complete snooze, as far as I'm concerned.
The proof of the pudding is how far below his band-mates he appears to be in reality, having seen & heard him at Monterey, and having suffered through the oft repeated PBS show in it's entirety (not all in one sitting.....that would be impossible for me to withstand).
I tells it as I sees it.
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> Botti is at the Blue Note in NY through Christmas and if you're in the
> I recommend that you treat yourself to the show.?
> I went to see Chris Botti after I interviewed him here at KJZZ. He was
> enough to come to the station and spend an hour talking with me about his?
> life and music. Not everyone is willing to make that effort and it makes
> easier for us to sell the music when people find out more about the
> Botti is amazing and I was surprised because I think of him as smooth
> He has been moving in his own direction in the past few years and it's
> interesting to my little jazz snob ears. His construction and pacing of
> show was great, using a vocalist, Sy Smith, for a couple of tunes plenty
> improvisation, some adventurous meters and harmonies and using his singing?
> tones on some familiar crowd pleasing melodies. He talked with me about
> he learned how to present a show from Sting and Paul Simon and he learned?
> well. His show is clear and defined with plenty of jamming and some
> crowd pleasers but it never has that smooth jazz schmaltz and shtick that?
> makes me walk out on Dave Koz. Opening with Ave Maria featuring just him?
> and piano player Peter Martin, he and the band then break into a killer?
> groove improv led by Billy Kilson giving everyone room to solo and having?
> everyone in the hall moving to THAT beat. Whoa! He had me there.?
> Being the none too sweetheart interviewer that I am I asked Chris why he?
> plays below his talent, why he doesn't flash his chops, he certainly has?
> them. He replied, only slightly annoyed that just because something
> simple does not mean it is not difficult and inspired.?
> His tone is so impeccably beautiful and it never falters, he is a
> Botti is working with guitarist Mark Whitfield a terrific foil who adds?
> humor, fun and spark to Botti's cool sound and he gives him plenty of room?
> to shine; Billy Killson on drums played with Dave Holland and lays down a?
> mighty groove as well being able to be invisible and propelling on a soft?
> ballad, he was pure excitement to watch. Maybe it was because Botti gave?
> his band equal time to develop their ideas that it felt like a true jazz?
> concert where one artist inspires another to a spontaneous composition; it?
> wasn't just a trumpet player with his backup band. Botti's encore was?
> Sinatra's "One for My Baby" playing a duet with the pianist, it was
> and full of surprising ideas. Good jazz from the old school of Chet Baker?
> and Miles in the 50s but with a contemporary flavor.?
> The concert suited my taste more than the albums I thought, but he sure is?
> doing a job of selling his CDs and he claims that is because he tours?
> CONSTANTLY. He says he's been on the road for 7 years straight and
> have plans to stop. One point that he made is that people want different?
> things from a concert than from a CD and he presents his music with that?
> consideration. I'm using some things off of his "December" release for
> holidays and a couple of cuts of the new one "Italia".?
> I'll have the interview up on our website next week and I'll let you know?
> when you can access it.?
> Blaise Lantana?
> Music Director?
> KJZZ Phoenix?
> Anybody catch the above NY Times review, or the actual show? I found the?
> review very strange, as if Nate Chinen possibly enjoyed himself but
> stand the fact that he did because he doesn't respect Chris Botti. I've?
> never seen Botti live, but I've seen live performances on television that,?
> while not being very adventurous, were surely much more musical to my ears?
> than someone like Kenny G. Interested in your thoughts...?
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