Chasing the ultimate chill-out vibe
BEAVER CREEK” It was less than a month ago when Chris Botti was awarded his first Grammy award for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist for his song “What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life?” Wednesday, the contemporary jazz trumpeter will toot his horn at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.
His new album, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” is, in his words, “a more mature and expansive version of the kind of thing I started doing eight or nine years ago. I’m chasing the ultimate chill-out vibe. I’m trying to create music that is beautiful and sophisticated at the same time.”
Inspired by the ballads of Miles Davis and influenced by his classically trained pianist mother, the Oregon native explains, “I know harmony, and generally I compose on the piano rather than on the trumpet.” Botti has worked with Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant. In early 2003, he purchased a rare 1941 Martin trumpet that “has really made a difference in my playing. It’s a rare instrument, with a slightly larger bell. The sound is just so dark and beautiful, with a really soft and inviting tone.”
The jazz player also opened on Sting’s Sacred Love Tour in 2004 and co-headlined with Josh Grobani on an early 2005 tour.
Tickets for Wednesday’s performance cost $56. For more information about Chris Botti or to purchase tickets visit http://www.vilarcenter.org or call the box office at 845-TIXS (8497).
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