[JPL] Chris Botti review by Nate Chinen

Bob Harrigan rharrigan at tampabay.rr.com
Fri Dec 14 15:21:07 EST 2007


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