Columbia Music Video // 2002 // 85 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // August 6th, 2002
Louis Armstrong meets Brad Pitt.
The human race needs certain amenities to survive. Food. Water. Clothing. Shelter. And, of course, music you can shag to.
Enter jazz musician Chris Botti. Botti has apparently become a popular trumpeter in the world of jazz (I've never heard of him, but he's got a DVD out so he's obviously a somebody). His music is described as "richly textured improvisation" (or so says Botti's website), which in my opinion means is sounds a lot like a semi-hipper version of Kenny G. Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions Live in Concert is a performance that features Botti playing his instrument of choice while a few guest stars (Sting and Shawn Colvin) perform some sultry vocals to a couple of his songs. 13 tracks are included on this disc: "Lisa," "Streets Ahead," "Miana Overnight," "In the Wee Small Hours" (with Sting), "All Would Envy" (With Shawn Colvin), "Alone in the City," "Regrooveable," "Easter Parade," "Why Not," "The Facts About Jimmy" (with Shawn Colvin), "Steps of Positano," "Moon Over Bourbon Street" (with Sting), and "Blue Horizon." You women out there will be pleased to hear that Botti is a good looking whippersnapper who seems to have so much sex appeal that it appears to be bursting out of his pretty little blonde head.
How does one review a disc like Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions Live in Concert? Here's the run down -- this music is good for only two occasions: a dinner party at an expensive house that consists of blackened salmon and scalloped potatoes with chives, or heavy duty lovemaking in a bed covered in satin sheets. If any one of those options are in your near future, it might behoove you to pick up this disc. Otherwise, this is sappy jazz that will capture the hearts of 40-something moms all over the country. It's obvious that Botti is an accomplished trumpeter, but since my music tastes run more towards Bruce Springsteen and Van Halen, this disc isn't really something I'd be interested in purchasing. However, I do give the guy kudos for getting Sting and the great Shawn Colvin up on stage for some unique performances (Colvin's "The Facts About Jimmy" is the best song of the set). Music is a personal thing; one man's Black Sabbath is another man's Yanni. If mellow trumpet jazz is your bag, then Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions Live in Concert is your kind of DVD.
Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions Live in Concert is presented in what appears to be 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and looks just fine. I am doubting that most buyers will be picking this up for the video (which appears to be very presentable), so let's just move on to the audio. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as PCM Stereo, both in English. The Dolby 5.1 track is swelling and very directional mix with the music coming from all six speakers. Overall this is a very pleasant track that should please Botti's fans (as well as a home theater system). No alternate soundtracks or subtitles are included (or needed) on this disc. The extra features available on this DVD include four interviews (two with Botti, one with Sting, and one with Shawn Colvin), a video profile that appears to be a bunch of interviews with the trumpeter, a bonus audio-only track of "Through an Open Window," and a text-based bio on Botti.
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Scales of Justice
Studio: Columbia Music Video
* 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* PCM 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 85 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Interviews with Sting, Shawn Colvin, and Chris Botti
* Video Profile of Chris Botti
* Photo Gallery
* 5.1 Recording (Audio Only) of "Through an Open Window"