Personnel includes: Chris Botti (vocals, trumpet, keyboards, programming); Jonatha Brook, Sting (vocals); Mike David (trombone); Jeff Lorber, Harvey Jones, Bob James (keyboards); Marc Shulman, Tim Pierce, Larry Saltzman, Dean Parks (guitar); Armand Sabal Lecco, Jon Ossman, Tony Levine, Larry Klein, Nathan East (bass); John Robinson, Peter Erskine (drums); Shawn Pelton, Alex Acuna, Jerry Marotta (percussion); Garry Hughes (programming); The London Sessions Orchestra.
Producers: Chris Botti, Harvey Jones, Andy Snitzer, Bobby Colomby, Larry Klein.
Includes liner notes by Chris Botti.
Personnel: Chris Botti (vocals, trumpet, keyboards, programming); Jonatha Brooke, Sting (vocals); Tim Pierce (guitar, acoustic guitar); Marc Shulman, Shane Fontayne (guitar); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar); Michael Davis (trombone); Jeff Lorber (piano, electric piano, Clavinet); Jeff Young (piano, electric piano, organ); Hilary James (electric piano); Harvey Jones, C.J. Vancston (keyboards); John "J.R." Robinson , Peter Erskine (drums); Shawn Pelton (hi-hat); Jerry Marotta, Joe Bonadio, Alex Acu¤a (percussion); Garry Hughes (programming).
Audio Mixers: Chris Botti; Mike Shipley; Bobby Colomby.
Liner Note Author: Chris Botti.
Recording information: Angel Recording Studios, Lon; Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood, CA; Palaggio Studios, Italy; Truck Sound, New York, NY.
Photographer: Rocky Schenck.
Unknown Contributor Role: The London Session Orchestra.
Arrangers: Chris Botti; Rob Mathes.
Those who heard Chris Botti playing live in the 1990s realized just how much he had going for him as a trumpeter -- not only an appealing sound (sort of a combination of Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Art Farmer, and Chuck Mangione) and sizable chops, but also a lot of warmth and charisma. Botti's studio recordings, meanwhile, were decent, even though they fell short of his potential. Like his previous efforts, Botti's third album, Slowing Down the World, consists primarily of mellow, light pop-jazz designed for the adult contemporary audience. This is unchallenging music, and yet it would be a major mistake to lump it in with the outright elevator muzak that Kenny G, Dave Koz, Najee, and Richard Elliot were known for. Caressing instrumentals like "Why Not" and "Irresistible Bliss" definitely fall into the easy listening category, but they're more soulful, honest, and substantial than a lot of 1990s adult contemporary fare. Although dominated by instrumentals, this CD offers a few vocals -- Sting has a pleasant, if unremarkable, spot on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," while Botti himself provides an unexpected vocal on Randy Newman's "Same Girl." Clearly, Botti's singing owes as much to Baker as his trumpet playing -- like Baker, Botti doesn't have much of a voice, but is nonetheless expressive and intimate. Slowing Down the World is a pleasant collection of mood music, but make no mistake -- Botti is capable of a lot more. ~ Alex Henderson