Chris BottiPlaying with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, trumpeter Chris Botti has played with featured artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell in a warm, intimate celebration of melodic balladry.

"Impressions," trumpeter Chris Botti’s most recent album, is the latest in a stellar parade of albums -- starting with 2004’s "When I Fall In Love" and continuing with "To Love Again," "Italia" and the CD/DVD "Chris Botti In Boston" -- that have firmly established him as the world’s largest selling jazz instrumentalist. Add to that a Grammy for "Best Pop Instrumental Album" and four #1 albums on Billboard’s Jazz Albums listings.

As Botti began his planning for this album, he was determined to do some “familiar songs” for "Impressions," songs that reached back to his fascination with the melody and balladry that have been essential to his music since he first picked up a trumpet.

Songs such as “What A Wonderful World,’ “Summertime” and “Over the Rainbow” certainly fulfill that desire. But the album’s far-ranging program also encompasses many other areas, deeply influenced by conversations Botti had with fans during the busy, world-wide touring that keeps him on the road as much as 300 days a year.

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