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Two Worlds. One Beat. Celebrate the Sounds of Jazz.
Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti has become the largest-selling American instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 jazz albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum and Grammy Awards. Most recently, his latest album Impressions won the Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Album at this year’s 55th Grammy Awards. Performing worldwide and selling more than three million albums, he has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre.
With Impressions and the albums that preceded it, Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.
With 16 well received releases already in the tank, Downing could easily go into cruise control and stay the course, but once again he’s choosing a path that he hopes will lead to higher ground. Album number 17, entitled Euphoria, has just been released and manages to somehow feature a new Will Downing sound. To be clear, the voice is as smooth and silky as ever, but is accompanied by a stripped down “acoustic-lounge” production approach that pulls the listener in for an even more intimate experience. This is perfectly exemplified by the album’s first single, a fresh and unique take of the Teddy Pendergrass bedroom classic, “Turn Off The Lights”. There are very few artists that could attempt this feat with honor, however, as one looks back over the last two decades, Will Downing has firmly established himself as one of the most consistent performers of his era and arguably today’s leading provider of romantic, soulful music for the grown and sexy crowd.
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