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December 2004

Chris Botti
When I Fall in Love
Columbia Jazz

Chris Botti's When I Fall in Love (Columbia), an elegant collection of romantic standards recorded with the London Session Orchestra, may seem like a departure for the trumpeter, who's known for more contemporary fare, but it's actually a perfect fit. Botti's gorgeously lyrical trumpet voice is well-suited to this material, and he delivers especially rich, beautiful readings of the title track and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

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Fabrizio Ferri

Chris Botti

Botti toured extensively with Sting over the past several years-an association that still continues-and the singer makes an appearance here, singing in French on the Brazilian-tinged "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets," which he cowrote. Botti's atmospheric take on Sade's "No Ordinary Love"-the only track that doesn't feature strings-features his moody, muted trumpet gliding over a gentle groove. Botti, keyboardist Billy Childs, bassist Brian Bromberg, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and percussionist Paulinho DaCosta swing their way through "Let's Fall in Love," and Childs turns in a beautiful solo on the dramatic "Cinema Paradiso." "What'll I Do" features heartfelt vocals by singer Paula Cole, although the song doesn't really need a singer, since Botti's trumpet caresses the melody sensuously and expressively.

Maybe Botti's reading of "Make Some-one Happy" could be a touch more, well, happy, but overall, When I Fall In Love is an impressive outing from this talented and versatile artist.

Originally published in December 2004
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