Trumpeter Chris Botti, pop legend Engelbert Humperdinck, a patriotic musical and singing Ivy Leaguers top my Weekend Top 10 list for Jan. 1 Chris Botti: His dreamy looks and semi-affiliation with the smooth jazz genre still have some folks dismissing Botti as a lightweight (I used to be among them), but he deserves better than that.
Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental.
Impressions is the latest in a stellar parade of albums that have firmly established him as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist.
As Botti began his planning for the new album, he was determined to do some “familiar songs” songs that reached back to his fascination with the melody and balladry that have been essential to his music since he first picked up a trumpet.
With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.
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