Reaching beyond defined limitations, trumpeter Chris Botti has released his latest album, "A Thousand Kisses Deep." Possessing a distinct chill factor, this CD embellishes the hip flavor of the European club scene.
An extension of his solo work that began in the mid 90’s, "A Thousand Kisses Deep" delves further into an ambient and experimental realm set by the albums "First Wish" (1995), "Midnight Without You" (1997), "Slowing Down the World" (1999), and "Night Sessions" (2002).
The title track, "A Thousand Kisses Deep," written by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson is richly textured in distinctly sensual Botti tones. You can feel the vibrations as you’re pulled into an intimate escape. Although the song is based on poetic prose, Botti handles it delicately as an instrumental piece.
The first single released, "Indian Summer" by Mark Goldenberg is a melodic jaunt that makes it easily memorable. Simplicity versus distinct layering of sound and rhythm is strongly felt throughout the entire album. A cover tune, "The Look of Love," written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, intertwines eloquence with sleekly urban ambiance. Vocalist Chantal Kreviazuk channels the timbre of her voice, which compliments the instrumentation without overpowering it.
Botti’s ability to hone the trumpet into gently expressive tones sets him apart in current pop instrumentalist circles. "My Funny Valentine" is pure, unadulterated musical essence as Botti steps back from the groove embraced by the rest of the album. The colors felt are a phenomenal mix of vibrant nuances. By contrast, "The Last Three Minutes," written by the unique combination of Burt Bacharach and hip-hop creator Andre Young ("Dr. Dre") is full of edgy vibes.
"A Thousand Kisses Deep" is a bold move that sets Botti into a whole new genre of music. Defining the standards for pop music is nothing new for this trumpeter. His last album, "Night Sessions," received critical acclaim as Botti won three different categories in the 2003 National Smooth Jazz Awards.