Chris Botti is known for his exceptional melody and balladry with the trumpet. He has received a Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” and four number one albums on the Billboard’s Jazz Album listing. Botti has been commissioned to do work with some of the highest caliber musicians in the world. He performed at the white house and for the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s Prelude No. 20 in C minor he was asked to do his rendition of it in Warsaw. Many of his albums feature renowned special guests like, Country Star Vince Gill who did Randy Newman’s “Losing You,” and worked with pianist Herbie Hancock and Brazilian guitarist Leonardo Amuedo. One collaboration was between Botti and pianist/composer/producer David Foster, with lyrics by Tiziano Ferro they produced “Per Te” which was sung by the powerful tenor voice of Andrea Bocelli. The variety that working on the Astor Piazolla tango titled Oblivion is exactly what Brotti was always wanting to try. Originally Oblivion was written for a chamber ensemble. The two other pieces that brought Botti the variation he had been seeking was “Devdah” with its cinematic Eastern European qualities along with the dramatic chorus climax was just another hue to add to Impressions various musical colors. Eastern Contigo en La Distancia adds the rich expressions of a Cuban bolero. If you know the upbringing of Chris Botti you would have thought he seemed destined to become a musician. Encouraged to pursue music by his concert pianist mother and Botti says that when he was 12 he heard My Funny Valentine by Miles Davis and said it influenced him to make a life commitment to the trumpet and laid the foundation for his affection for melody, space and balance that have been intricate parts of what formed Botti’s musical vision.