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Chris Botti: A Thousand Kisses Deep

Chris Botti

A smooth-jazz favorite and sought-after sideman whose impressive résumé includes extended stints in Paul Simon’s and Sting’s bands and on the Caroline Rhea Show, Chris Botti possesses a spare, nuanced trumpet voice that’s informed by both jazz and pop music. On A Thousand Kisses Deep (Columbia), the Oregon-born musician adds new rhythmic elements to his trademark sound that complement his warm, evocative playing.

Botti’s rich-toned trumpet overlays a percolating groove on the catchy album opener, “Indian Summer,” while the mesmerizing “Do It in Luxury” features a steady “ticking” rhythm that propels Botti’s muted trumpet. On “Back Into My Heart,” Botti’s multitracked horns are set over a funky groove, and “She Comes From Somewhere” adds subtle electronica accents to offset the solemn melody. The album’s title track is a cover of a Leonard Cohen song, and here Botti’s mournful, beautiful performance is accompanied by Dean Park’s melancholy plucked acoustic guitar.

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