12 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a musical associate of Sting starting in 1999, trumpeter Chris Botti found a kindred spirit in keyboardist/producer and fellow band member Mark “Kipper” Eldridge. The pair took 10 weeks off between legs of a Sting tour to cowrite and record Night Sessions, which Kipper produced. “Lisa” opens Botti's fourth studio effort with a relaxed spaciousness that characterizes much of the album. “Chill” is an Ibiza-inspired atmospheric subset of the contemporary instrumental genre. Written by Sting with vocals by singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin, the evocative “All Would Envy” empathetically tells the story of a kept woman. The lovely “Easter Parade,” which closes Night Sessions, is a cover of a track from The Blue Nile's 1984 debut album, one of Botti’s aesthetic touchstones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a musical associate of Sting starting in 1999, trumpeter Chris Botti found a kindred spirit in keyboardist/producer and fellow band member Mark “Kipper” Eldridge. The pair took 10 weeks off between legs of a Sting tour to cowrite and record Night Sessions, which Kipper produced. “Lisa” opens Botti's fourth studio effort with a relaxed spaciousness that characterizes much of the album. “Chill” is an Ibiza-inspired atmospheric subset of the contemporary instrumental genre. Written by Sting with vocals by singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin, the evocative “All Would Envy” empathetically tells the story of a kept woman. The lovely “Easter Parade,” which closes Night Sessions, is a cover of a track from The Blue Nile's 1984 debut album, one of Botti’s aesthetic touchstones.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
16 Ratings
16 Ratings
jiffyscott ,

Relaxing music that sometimes wears thin.

I enjoyed this album when I first obtained it, but after repeated listens I got tired of it. That's not usually a good sign, however, after taking a "break" I returned for another try and it is growing on me again. So, don't dismiss it if it's not immediately "your thing" -- it is a refreshing change from today's pop music, with a more mature sound. It provides a nice ambience for relaxing or even a romantic dinner for two. My favorite track is "All Would Envy" which features vocals from my favorite all-time female performer, Shawn Colvin.

JCEdison ,

Night Sessions

The first time I saw Chris Botti, it was on some cheesy morning talk program. I dismissed him out of hand. Then someone played this album for me and I seriously wondered whether this was the same person or not. The music on this album is perfect for the night time - cooler, quieter, yet at the same time with a raw energy. Surrounded by some great musicians and vocalists, Night Sessions paints the perfect picture for a quiet night with a special person. By far, the Sting-composed "Interlude/All Would Envy" is the most compelling track, but "Lisa" and "You Move Me" get stuck in your head. A winner of an album.

iphonium2.0 ,

Light the sky

I have been listening to Light the Sky forever and it's just like the best song ever written hands down.

About Chris Botti

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 band, where he remained for the next five years. Finally, in 1995, he recorded his solo debut, First Wish, a record combining the sounds of contemporary pop-jazz with the textures of art rock. After scoring the 1996 film Caught, Botti resurfaced in 1997 with his second LP, Midnight Without You, which was followed by Slowing Down the World in 1999.

Two years later, he was a featured soloist on Sting's Brand New Day world tour, and that time allowed Botti to rediscover old musical passions and create new ones. Recorded in Los Angeles, 2001's Night Sessions captured such jazzy pop. That muse was explored further in 2003 with A Thousand Kisses Deep, and to a lesser extent on the more traditional orchestral jazz of 2004's When I Fall in Love. That record was his first Top 40 entry, and it was followed by the number 18 hit To Love Again: The Duets in 2005. Another Top 40 placement, Italia, followed in 2007, with the live album Chris Botti in Boston following in 2009. In 2012, Botti returned with the studio album Impressions. Focusing on his love of melody, Impressions features Botti collaborating with such artists as jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, guitarist Mark Knopfler, country singer Vince Gill, composer/pianist/producer David Foster, and more. ~ Jason Ankeny

HOMETOWN
Portland, OR
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
October 12, 1962

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