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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • Run Time: 52.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000U788RK
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,724 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Deborah's Theme
2. Italia
3. Venice
4. The Very Thought Of You
5. Gabriel's Oboe
6. I've Grown Accustomes To Her Face
7. Caruso
8. The Way You Look Tonight
9. It Never Entered My Mind
10. Ave Maria
11. Estate
12. Nessum Dorma

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Grammy winning trumpeter Chris Botti has returned in top form with Italia, his most lushly romantic and expressive album to date. Featuring duets with some of today's biggest international stars including Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole, and Dean Martin, Botti's rich and articulate musical collection is truly beautiful, enchanting, and understatedly elegant.

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If Dean Martin had lived to hear Chris Botti's spin on "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," the song he recorded with characteristic suavity in 1957, crooning might have given way to swooning--like the other 11 tracks on Italia, Botti's tribute to Italy, it's long on lushness and suffused with the genre-busting sweep that's made the trumpeter a household name. Botti's interpretative gift, as displayed on earlier discs such as 2004's When I Fall in Love, is a life-giving thing: What once was charming becomes captivating, and what once was standard becomes respectfully rebuilt for inter-generational appreciation. Italia casts its spell over compositions that yield to him especially well--"Deborah's Theme" from "Once Upon a Time in America" and "Gabriel's Oboe" from "The Mission" get new richness, and "Ave Maria" melts the heart anew. The Paula Cole turn on "The Very Thought of You" scores for its understated vocal, but the newly composed title track, with Andrea Bocelli, may be the album's most gripping; it's a double dose of sophistication shot up with vision and grace. -Tammy La Gorce --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Sony Records presents "ITALIA" --- Prolific trumpeter Chris Botti has personified Italy through his latest release, "Italia" --- Employing outstanding singers Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole and a posthumous duet with Dean Martin --- the result is truly extraordinary --- On September 25, 2007, Botti released his new album "Italia" --- The album places focus on Botti's Italian roots through such songs as "Ave Maria", "Venice", "Estatè", and the title track "Italia".

Special Footnote, Christopher Botti or Chris Botti (born October 12, 1962) is a trumpeter and composer; born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Corvallis, and spent two years of his childhood growing up in Italy --- His earliest musical influence was his mother, a classically trained pianist and part-time piano teacher --- He plays a Martin Committee Handcraft trumpet made in 1940, and uses a 3 silver plated mouthpiece from Bach made in 1926, having recently retired his 1920 3C Bach mouthpiece --- In college, Botti studied under David Baker and Bill Adam at Indiana University --- As of 2006, Botti has recorded eight solo albums --- His first few efforts could safely be classified as smooth jazz, though critic Alex Henderson argues that Botti's music was a cut above much of the genre; reviewing his 1999 effort, Slowing Down the World, Henderson writes "it would be a major mistake to lump it in with the outright elevator muzak that Kenny G, Dave Koz, Najee, and Richard Elliot were known for ... Botti is capable of a lot more." --- Though still featuring heavy contributions from pop music singers, Botti's more recent albums have found him exploring more traditional jazz territory, with lush orchestral arrangements even earning comparisons to Gil Evans.
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The ninth abum by the handsome trumpeter has an Italian theme and has been recorded in in London, Los Angeles, and Italy.
"Italia" is an object lesson in how to expand the range of small-group jazz.
Botti's knowledge of the jazz tradition is absolute, but the interest here lies in his integration of other forms like pop, classical, soundtracks of Ennio Morricone and opera.
Usually that type of experimentation can be a messy, muddled business.
Moulded with controlled eloquence and subtle dissonances, the tracks have a peculiar, surprising beauty, each one affecting the next, and creating a meditative yet majestic symphony : "Italia".
Generous spirited and open, with impeccable ensemble blowing and superb singing by Paula Cole and Andrea Bocelli, the high points are the vibrant "Venice" and the delicate "The Very Thought of You".
Botti stands revealed, surprisingly, as an innovative visionary, blending his eloquent and bold trumpet with some charismatic compositions from the opera and from the world of the movies' soundtracks.
"Nessun Dorma" (Italian for "Let no one sleep") is an aria from the final act of Puccini's opera titled Turandot and has been recorded and made famous wordwide by late legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti, but also recorded by pianist Ramsey Lewis, vocalist Sarah Brightman and and several others , even by an incredible...Aretha Franklin on the CD "Ultimate Divas"...
"Caruso," written by Italian singer-songwriter Lucio Dalla 21 years ago to honor the famed Italian opera singer, has been recorded by many, including Luciano Pavarotti, trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, guitarist and vocalist Oscar Castro-Neves, vocalist Josh Groban and Russell Watson.
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Chris Botti has brought the trumpet back into the mainstream of solo instruments...awkwardly worded, but most who hear this will know what I mean. The songs are well chosen, the orchestrations great, the singers well chosen, even the deceased Dean Martin who has never sounded better(!!!!!)And Andrea Bocelli actually is better here, more emotional and tender, than on any of his solo albums.
Some may complain that Botti is getting too far away from jazz with so many traditional songs included, but they would be sadly wrong; Botti is bringing jazz into compositions that benefit from it. Listen to "Ave Maria", and attempt to think of a better version of it. He has opened the songs up, and enriched our enjoyment of them. This isn't a "pure" jazz album, but music to make one feel good about the world, if only briefly, and about oneself.
The artist is a near-genius. Buy this CD and enjoy, over and over again.
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The first thing that comes to mind about this CD: it will melt you...Chris Botti never disappoints. If you've had a hard day and need to relax, slip in this CD, light a candle, press play and get comfy. Thanks, Chris....- Kate
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This was fabulous. I am now a Botti fan. This is a great CD to give for a Christmas present as it appeals to everyone, no matter their taste in music. I personally have found it to be perfect background music for ahem...getting in the mood.
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By Kat on April 4 2014
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This is the most stunning horn Cd I've ever heard. In fact it may be the most stunning CD I own in a large collection. Haunting, clear, gorgeous music beautifully paired with guest singers for some cuts but the solo trumpet cuts are absolutely sensational!
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