JazzTimes - p.108
"Backed by a choral section, Botti hits an emotional high on 'Ave Maria,' the poignant and emotionally charged religious aria."
Personnel: Chris Botti (trumpet); James Harrah (guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Shane Fontayne (electric guitar); Tom Scott (soprano saxophone); Randy Waldman, Billy Childs, David Foster (piano); Gil Goldstein (Fender Rhodes piano); Christian McBride, Jimmy Johnson , James Genus, Brian Bromberg (bass guitar); Billy Kilson, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Paul Clarvis (percussion); Jochem van der Saag (programming); Orchestra of Saint Johns (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Dean Martin, Andrea Bocelli, Paula Cole.
On this 2007 album, romance-obsessed trumpeter Chris Botti looks to Italy for inspiration. A set of swooning smooth-jazz tunes, ITALIA features a number of guest vocalists, including Andrea Bocelli (on the gentle title track) and Paula Cole (a spare, elegant version of "The Very Thought of You"), along with the late Dean Martin, whose unmistakable croon turns up on a lightly swinging rendition of "I've Grown Accustomed to Your Face." Botti shines the brightest, however, on instrumental pieces, most notably his warm, laid-back takes on two classic numbers by revered Italian composer Ennio Morricone, "Deborah's Theme" (from ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA) and "Gabriela's Oboe" (from THE MISSION).