[JPL] Chris Botti review by Nate Chinen

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"I tells it as I sees it."
Was there any part of this that indicated it wasn't my opinion?

You may be shoveling this stuff, or actually enjoying it, but I ain't buying;-))

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> 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?

>> the??

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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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>> 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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