Chris Botti – Impressions

From his economical, lyrical approach to his lush, muted tone to his incorporation of classical, pop and Brazilian flavors, Chris Botti’s Impressions of Miles Davis is all over the record. While “En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor” gives an impression of Miles Davis and Gil Evans era, “You Are Not Alone” reflects Davis’s late career. No crime in that. The album featured standout collaborations including Caroline Campbell in “Oblivion,” Herbie Hancock in “Tango Suite” and David Foster in “Summertime.” In the Gershwin’s cover, Botti’s slow, clear phrasing on the trumpet is Miles-inspired. Very impressive nevertheless.