13 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 2005, Chris Botti’s To Love Again succeeds as a complementary project to its predecessor, When I Fall in Love. To Love Again mostly features special guest vocalists, while the earlier set is largely instrumental. Both integrate The London Session Orchestra and mostly present standards. Sting and Paula Cole make return contributions on “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” and “My One and Only Love,” respectively, while Botti partners with next-generation crooners Michael Bublé (on “Let There Be Love”) and Renee Olstead (on “Pennies from Heaven”). Brazilian vocalist Rosa Passos is the least known (and thus the best discovery) of all the guests, though Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler challenges her as a surprisingly traditional belter on Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 2005, Chris Botti’s To Love Again succeeds as a complementary project to its predecessor, When I Fall in Love. To Love Again mostly features special guest vocalists, while the earlier set is largely instrumental. Both integrate The London Session Orchestra and mostly present standards. Sting and Paula Cole make return contributions on “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life” and “My One and Only Love,” respectively, while Botti partners with next-generation crooners Michael Bublé (on “Let There Be Love”) and Renee Olstead (on “Pennies from Heaven”). Brazilian vocalist Rosa Passos is the least known (and thus the best discovery) of all the guests, though Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler challenges her as a surprisingly traditional belter on Charlie Chaplin’s “Smile.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

delovely ,

To Love Again

My first encounter with Chris Botti. I regret not having had the pleasure sooner. His trumpet playing is tops, right along with many of my beloved New Orleans musicians. Did not think that anyone could be so understated and yet dramatically unforgettable. Thanks, I-Tune for making him so instantly available.
Delovely

movedbymusic ,

Every track, listen after listen, is luxuriant.

Download the entire album - every song is worth owning. "What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life" featuring Sting has to be the sexiest song ever. Sting has quietly perfected The American Songbook. Of course the American songbook is being taken to new heights by Michael Buble and there is steamy heat for his guest duet "Let There Be Love" at Track 4. Jill Scott's elegant touch for "Good Morning Heartache" at track 6 is reminiscent of creamy jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald but with contemporary flair. The underlying rhythm of that track makes it a unique listen and one of my favorite tracks.
I think the simplicity of track 7: "To Love Again" has me coming back the most though as my most favorite track with arrangement by Gil Goldstein; gentle guitar by Anthony Wilson; extraordinary piano by Billy Childs; bass by Robert Hurst; and drums by Billy Kilson. I love that listen because you can hear the richness of Chris Botti's trumpet where can focus like a laser with perfect pitch or grace across a melody like a pebble skips across the surface of a still lake. He approaches his music with great care, whether his notes are short and sweet or long and lush they are all always graceful, obviously the result of years of practice and reworking his own unique style.

Boilermaker327 ,

To Love Again

Wonderful - again. Great music to help you relax and unwind. Not bad for someone that went to Indiana University (of course, only a Purdue grad would say that). Great job, Chris.

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