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December
Chris Botti
December
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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With his GQ looks and warm, seductive brass tone, trumpet player Chris Botti has what it takes to command attention. This lovely recording will appeal to deeper jazz fans as much as to easy-listening and fusion aficionados...  more »

     
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All Artists: Chris Botti
Title: December
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/22/2002
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Holiday & Wedding, Easy Listening, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 696998686427

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With his GQ looks and warm, seductive brass tone, trumpet player Chris Botti has what it takes to command attention. This lovely recording will appeal to deeper jazz fans as much as to easy-listening and fusion aficionados. From brooding and bubbling arrangements of holiday standards to the original, radio-perfect ballad "Perfect Day" (featuring the talented horn man on vocals), Botti and his various ensembles deliver 13 tracks of comfort and joy, plus a taste of fleeting, seasonal melancholy that recalls Chet Baker. The more somber moods are brightened, however, by such merry fare as the Brazilian arrangement of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and the swinging "Winter Wonderland." You probably won't hear a more romantic (or ironic) version of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and when was the last time a Leonard Cohen tune ("Hallelujah") appeared on any Christmas disc? December is tasty throughout and highly recommended. --Martin Keller

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S. F. Tye | winter springs, florida United States | 01/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love Christmas music. My wife complains about storing all my CDs for 11 1/2 months out of the year [yes I wait until well after Thanksgiving]. There are times during this season, often in the late evening, when I want to listen to Christmas jazz that doesn't try too hard to prove it's really jazz [and not just Christmas schmaltz] but which is still different enough to give me a break from the Christmas music that I am playing almost non-stop [as I start late, I feel it's perfectly justifiable to listen in excess]. That's when this album really comes into its own. Christmas with a dash of bluesy melancholy [and who doesn't have the occasional melancholy moment sometime during the season?].
Dave Koz and Kenny G have a wonderful Christmas sound that doesn't try too hard; great with a glass of wine. When I want a bit more jazz and a wee bit less Christmas, I go with this album. Mix a bit of melancholy with some wonderful Christmas tunes and a very talented trumpeter - presto!; you have the perfect album to have with a second glass of wine. Should the Christmas spirit convince you that a third glass is in order, you can always follow with Chet Baker!"
SWEEEET, SOULFUL CHRISTMAS!
Kathy Kohl | Belleville, IL | 11/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"From the second you start to listen to this CD you will hear Chris Botti's signature style. He just makes you feel so content and alive when you listen to his music.These Christmas tunes have a totally different feel and sound. They are smokey, jazzy, compelling and beautiful. Christmas is not usually my favorite time of year, however, this CD will make me enjoy the season more. The spirit of these songs reach out and touch you. Botti is no light weight. BUY YOURSELF A GREAT GIFT. You owe it to yourself.HAPPY DECEMBER!"
Warm, complex, refreshing - a seminal work.
J. Frazee | South Salem, NY United States | 10/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without a doubt, this will be one of the most played Christmas offerings this year and probably for years to come. I'll leave it to those who feel they must to make comparisons of Mr. Botti to the likes of Marsalis, Davis, even Clark Terry and others; this CD stands alone in originality and artistry. The "Silent Night" track alone is worth the purchase but every track offers sensitivity, creativity and achievements in the art of ensemble only envied by most groups. Frankly, I'd give it six stars and thank Chris Botti for his gift to us all."