Chris Botti: La Belle Dame Sans Regrets

Track

La Belle Dame Sans Regrets

Artist

Chris Botti (trumpet)

CD

When I Fall in Love (Columbia CK 92872)

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Musicians:

Chris Botti (trumpet),

and a large orchestra featuring Sting (vocals), Dominic Miller (guitar), Dean Parks (guitar), Billy Childs (piano), Gil Goldstein (accordion), Brian Bromberg (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Paulinho Da Costa (percussion)

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Composed by Dominic Miller & Sting. Arranged by Gil Goldstein

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Recorded: Los Angeles and New York, September 28, 2004

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Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

During the original mid-'60s bossa nova craze, Brazilian Portuguese was the lingua franca. Despite being understood worldwide by a fifth as many people as English, the native tongue was part of the mystique, as with Swedish cinema. Four decades later, English pop star Sting writes and sings a lovely bossa nova in—no, still not English, but French! The good news is that the Harmon mute has made it into the new millennium. Chris Botti, the most angelic-looking trumpeter since a young Chet Baker, is such a divine Harmon-izer that the mute's sleepless 19th-century inventor, John F. Stratton, may at last rest in peace.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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