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Chris Botti – National Theatre, Melbourne – Herald Sun Review

The National Theatre, St Kilda,
Reviewer: Siimon Plant

Back arched and blowing hard, Chris Botti creates sounds of almost Alpine purity.  But this American jazz trumpeter can swing low as well, coaxing achingly beautiful blue notes from his gleaming instrument.

No wonder Botti earned standing ovations for his single Melbourne show.

Right from the start, Botti’s band (pianist Billy Childs, drummer Billy Kilson, guitarist Mark Whitfield, bassman Tim Lefebvre, Andrew Ezrin on keyboards) demonstrated awesome power and precision.  Childs was a demon on the grand piano.  Kilson’s percussive drive was simply astouonding.

Two guest artists – violinist Caroline Campbell and singer Lisa Fischer – combined magnificently on Italia…the night’s big closer.  But Botti had the last word.  Wading into the audience, he reeled off an unplugged version of Frank Sinatra’s One For My Baby and had everyone baying for more.