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There’s a whole lot of trumpet blowing with Chris Botti in town

Posted by Kimberly on June 3, 2008

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
June 3, 2008 (676 words)

Chris Botti would rather not consider himself as elevator music. At least, that’s the impression the Portland-born jazz trumpeter gave at an interview yesterday.
“If you’re an instrumentalist, you’re linked back to Kenny G and it’s like ‘ooh’,” he says. Not that there’s anything wrong with Kenny G, adds Botti. After all, the former has managed to create a sound that is instantly recognisable to those familiar with his work, which Botti says he’s achieved as well, to some degree.
“A lot of people think I play the saxophone because we both stand there and blow into an instrument.
“Being asked to get onto TV shows has catapulted us both, but our music is very different,” Botti adds.
Enough about Kenny G. Botti’s last appearance in Asia will be occurring tonight, in the Grand Auditorium of the Macau Cultural Centre, after a tour that has encompassed Singapore, Korea, Japan and Beijing to name a few.
After which, comes the US cities; Washington DC, Nashville and New York. It’s a scenario that’s been played for so long now, that hardly a free moment exists for writing new material, with only two songs from his latest album Italia being written, or co-written, by Botti. Read the rest of this entry »

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