Columbia Records is set to release When I Fall In Love, the eagerly-awaited new breakthrough love songs album from the best-selling trumpeter Chris Botti. When I Fall In Love will be in stores on Tuesday, September 28.
Featuring guest vocal performances from Paula Cole ("What'll I Do" & "How Love Should Be") and Sting ("La Belle Dame Sans Regrets"), among others, When I Fall In Love reunites Botti with legendary producer/musician Bobby Colomby, who helmed Botti's 2002 seasonal collection, December. Botti is accompanied by the London Session Orchestra on all but one of the new album's tracks and the result is a lush and sultry sojourn into the very heart of romance. When I Fall In Love is mixed by the multiple Grammy-winning engineer Al Schmitt.
On his new album, Chris Botti, recently picked as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," breathes new soul and magic into classic pop penned by Irving Berlin ("What'll I Do?"), Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ("My Romance"), Ira and George Gershwin ("Someone To Watch Over Me"), Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer ("One For My Baby And One More For The Road") and others. When I Fall In Love also includes Sade's more recently penned (but still classic) song "No Ordinary Love" and the ever familiar and haunting song "Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partrio)," which entered the public consciousness when Andrea Bocelli had a huge hit with his version in 1997. While providing fresh interpretations of some of the world's greatest love songs, Botti creates new pop standards of his own with songs like "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets," written by Dominic Miller and Sting (who sings on the track).
Botti, who opened a series of shows on the North American leg of Sting's "Sacred Love" tour in January-March, 2004, will headline his own stateside gigs in support of When I Fall In Love before once again opening for Sting on a European tour running from October 29 through December 9.
Botti's association with Sting dates back to 1999, when the trumpeter joined the pop legend's band as featured soloist on the "Brand New Day" tour, which lasted two-and-a-half years. Veteran of both the contemporary jazz world and mainstream pop studio scene, Botti has worked with Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, and renowned film composer John Barry, among others. Film critic Rex Reed has called him "the sexiest trumpeter since Chet Baker." Botti joined Paul Simon's band in 1990, where he remained for the next five years, and, in 1995, he recorded his solo debut, First Wish. After scoring the 1996 film "Caught," Botti returned in 1997 with his second LP, Midnight Without You, which was followed by Slowing Down the World two years later. His 2002 watershed album, Night Sessions, peaked at #2 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart while his seasonal collection, December, released the same year, hit #7 on the same chart.
Released in September 2003, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Botti's latest best-selling collection, entered at #20 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and hit the #3 position on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart.
--- from the official Chris Botti website