Chris Botti: La Belle Dame Sans Regrets


La Belle Dame Sans Regrets


Chris Botti (trumpet)


When I Fall in Love (Columbia CK 92872)

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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)


Composed by Dominic Miller & Sting. Arranged by Gil Goldstein


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


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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