Chris Botti explores his ethnic heritage on Italia, an artful, orchestrally infused collection of originals, classical vocal/operatic works, film-score excerpts, and jazz standards. The trumpeter’s love of movie legend Ennio Morricone is revisited on two tracks: the tragically beautiful “Deborah’s Theme” from Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America and the heroic “Gabriel’s Oboe” from The Mission. The soaring Botti-penned title track marks his first non-concert pairing with superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli, while he utilizes studio technology to duet with the late crooner (and Italian-American icon) Dean Martin on the chestnut “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Botti shines as soloist on a pair of vocal pieces—the adult pop song “Caruso” (previously sung by Bocelli, among others) and Puccini’s “Nessum Dorma.” The deluxe edition features four bonus cuts, including Miles Davis’ “Flamenco Sketches” (with alto saxophonist David Sanborn) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “If I Loved You” (from Carousel) with Paula Cole on vocals.
Deborah's Theme (From "Once Upon a Time In America")
Italia (feat. Andrea Bocelli)
The Very Thought of You (feat. Paula Cole)
Gabriel's Oboe (From "the Mission")
I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (feat. Dean Martin)