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Editors’ Notes

Trumpeter Chris Botti made a few intriguing choices with A Thousand Kisses Deep, his fifth studio album. The melancholy title track was an under-appreciated new Leonard Cohen song when it was recorded. “The Last Three Minutes” is an unlikely songwriting collaboration between Burt Bacharach and Dr. Dre, which here features both cool textures and an urbane swagger. Botti also tackles an old-fashioned standard (“My Funny Valentine”) and a pop classic (the Bacharach-Hal David song “The Look of Love,” here with a modern arrangement and pathos-filled singing by Chantal Kreviazuk). There’s some undercover funk on “Do It in Luxury,” which features the rare inclusion of a saxophone by tenor man Bob Shephard. The dreamy and seductive “Ever Since We Met,” boosted by singer Bridget Benenate, is exquisitely unforgettable.

Customer Reviews

Not your average "smooth jazz"

First of all, if you only have a passing acquiantance with Chris (via TV specials or his work on other artists' albums), you should know that his talents extend beyond your garden variety "smooth jazz" artist. He's an accomplished musician who brings a lot of soul to his compositions/playing. In other words, Chris doesn't do elevator music. This album is no exception to that. Like "Night Sessions," this album blends cool, soulful arrangements, memorable melodies, and a slight R&B feel, giving it a downtempo groove that is strong throughout. Everything here is very consistent and worth purchasing, but be sure to check out "Indian Summer" (a funky groove built on an Eastern-influenced melody), the beautiful Leonard Cohen composition "A Thousand Kisses Deep," the funky-sexy "Back into My Heart" (one of the real stand-outs on the album), the laid-back cosmopolitan groove "The Last Three Minutes," and the lovely closer "Love Gets Old."

A Thousand Kisses Deep (C. Botti)

Botti has the smoothest trumpet sound I've heard and I play trumpet. I appreciate his abilty as a musician and his Martin Committee makes it that much better. If you like smooth jazz trumpet, this is it. Probably my favorite album of all time.

1 of the best jazz songs ever.......

Indian Summer has to be, hands down, 1 of the best jazz songs of all time! I heard this song in Macy's about 3 years ago and wrecked my brain trying to figure out who it was. Smooth and sexy, like jazz should be.

Biography

Born: October 12, 1962 in Portland, OR

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Though best known as a contemporary jazz performer, trumpeter Chris Botti made his initial splash on the pop music scene. A native of Oregon, he started playing at the age of ten, and began performing professionally while still in high school. After studying in the prestigious Indiana University music program under noted jazz educator David Baker, Botti relocated to New York, where he served with saxophonist George Coleman and trumpet great Woody Shaw. In 1990, Botti was asked to join Paul Simon's...
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