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Album Review

In his 1996 review of the indie film Caught, movie critic Rex Reed paid the ultimate compliment to trumpeter Chris Botti — who wrote the score and whose horn graced the soundtrack — by comparing the young upstart's smoky style to that of a young Chet Baker. Botti has since gone on to great success in smooth jazz by combining a laid-back demeanor with attitude-filled grooves and picture-perfect melodies. Legendary composer John Barry — whose resumé runs from Born Free to Dances With Wolves and, more jazzily, Body Heat — loved director Willard Carroll's idea of lacing the soundtrack to the thought-provoking, multi-generational relationship film Playing by Heart with a handful of 1956 Baker quartet originals. Botti was an obvious choice when Barry chose to extend that vibe into the orchestral score, and the haunting album cover — featuring a pensive Barry between Botti and a young Baker, both holding their horns, over a black background — perfectly epitomizes the passing of the generational torch. The opening tune "Remembering Chet" captures the essence of the whole album; Botti's balmy trumpet sound wafts over Lee Musiker's elegant piano meditation as the orchestra breezes in and out of the background. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot of rhythmic variation as the tracks progress. The classic, smooth, delicately bittersweet tones of Baker (on "Tenderly," "You Go to My Head," and "These Foolish Things" are interspersed between the Botti tunes, which creates a unique flow and shows a delicate contrast between the Baker's low tone and Botti's slightly higher pitch. Arranged this way, it's almost like listening to a one-of-a-kind lesson between legendary mentor and a student primed to carry on his legacy.

Customer Reviews


I Just love all of these artist together on one CD what a beautiful collection to add to my music library. This is worth buying enjoy.


I LOVE this album! Not only was the movie a very moving experiance, so is the soundtrack! This album will lift you to newer highs. Very wonderful, relaxing, sexual, soul filling music!

Awesome music

It's hard to express my feeling when I'm listening this amazing music. John Barry + Chet Baker + Chris Botti is unbeatable trio and probably best Jazz album I ever heard. Just spend few minutes during busy day and relax with this beautiful music.


Born: December 23, 1929 in Yale, OK

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Chet Baker was a primary exponent of the West Coast school of cool jazz in the early and mid-'50s. As a trumpeter, he had a generally restrained, intimate playing style and he attracted attention beyond jazz for his photogenic...
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