Botti also relishes that the engagement means staying in one place for a while.
He talked about his seasonal tradition, and why he won’t be playing “Sleigh Bells.” These are excerpts from the conversation.
The game plan: to match the variety in music and performers present in Chris Botti In Boston. At the top of the wish list, the legendary rocker from the band Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler.
“We had the idea,” says Botti, “of asking Mark to sing ‘What A Wonderful World.’ How much more different could we get than that?
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.
His famous muted trumpet is the same model that was once used by Miles Davis.
Chris Botti is harder to pin down than you might expect.
Sure, the trumpeter, contemporary-jazz star and A-list pop accompanist courts mass audiences with his direct melodic approach and matinee-idol good looks.
“People kept mentioning Chris Botti In Boston,” he recalls. But they talked a lot about the variety among the performers, too – Yo Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Sting, John Mayer, Josh Groban.” Unlike the Boston album, however, Impressions was planned as a studio recording rather than a concert performance.
So Botti and his manager/producer Bobby Colomby, put together a wish list of possible guest artists.