by Chris Botti


The story about there being more suicides around the holidays turns out to be a myth, but like all urban legends, it caught on among the populace (or at least among lazy journalists) because it sounds like it should be true; as trumpeter Chris Botti writes in a sleeve note to his seasonal collection, December, "At no other time of the year is there a wider array of emotions than the month of December." This is a clue that Botti, in acceding to his record company's request that he undertake a Christmas album, was not interested in simply celebrating the season in his interpretations of holiday standards. There have been other such contemplative Christmas records: George Winston's album, also called December, is calm rather than celebratory, and Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories, released in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, is another collection that takes in the season's complexities. Add Botti's album to that list. The approach, of course, fits in with the trumpeter's overall musical style. Often heard through a mute, his playing usually has an intimate, low-key character, and that is true here, too. Critics have compared him to Miles Davis, and to that one easily may add Chet Baker, especially because like Baker, Botti has chosen to sing here, applying an adequate tenor to Richard Marx's "Perfect Day" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (the latter one of the more troubled of lyrics to become a Christmas standard). It isn't all doom and gloom, of course; there's a playful reading of "Winter Wonderland," for instance. But this is still an album to be put on in the shank of the evening when the Christmas festivities have subsided, not at the height of the celebrations.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828767538129
catalogNumber: 1070363

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Botti   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Brian Bromberg   Bass
Billy Childs   Piano,fender rhodes
Peter Erskine   Percussion,Drums
Steve Kujala   Flute
Bob Sheppard   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Haslip   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Joel Derouin   Violin
Brandon Fields   Tenor Saxophone
Shane Fontayne   Guitar
James Harrah   Guitar
Gina Kronstadt   Violin,Concert Master
London Session Orchestra   Track Performer
John Lubbock   Choir Conductor
Christian McBride   Bass
Yvonne S. Moriarty   Flugelhorn
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Robert Shulgold   Flute
Kurt Snyder   Flugelhorn
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ
Randy Waldman   Piano
John Wittenberg   Violin
Susan Chatman   Violin
Eric Benét   Vocals
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
David Carpenter   Bass
Rick Mitchell   Flute
Mary Anne Steinberger   Cello
Billy Childs Trio   Piano,fender rhodes
Andrew Radford   Bassoon
Jon Ossman   Bass
Brian O'Connor   Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Franz Schubert   Composer
Leonard Cohen   Composer
Gil Goldstein   Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Chris Botti   Arranger,Liner Notes
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Bobby Colomby   Producer,Audio Production,Management
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Shane Fontayne   Arranger
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Engineer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Richard Marx   Audio Production
Henry Onorati   Composer
Charles Paakkari   Engineer
Richard Rudolph   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston   String Arrangements
Robert Wells   Composer
Marc Silag   Management
Mary Maurer   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Joe Brown   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger,String Arrangements
Lewis Redner   Composer

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December 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing christmas album for someone who listens to christmas music nonstop all year round. Chris Botti is an amazing musician....I first experianced his music on Oprah and from then on I was hooked. He really puts you into the music. Amazing album.. I recommend him to anyone.