Drawing inspiration from jazz roots
Chris Botti discusses new album 'Impressions'
- Duration 6:45
- Date Apr 23, 2012
Chris Botti discusses new album 'Impressions'
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In busy at Maine now April -- jazz appreciation month.
Complete this year with the start of international Jan date April 30 at.
To mark the occasion and celebrate his latest album we're now joined in the studio by the world's best selling dad.
Grammy winner Chris -- Think he's sound like it's been on they had so many musicians on today's I really I mean that's scary I thought that going to get ready to add to their playlist yeah now let's talk about impressions.
Which they can add -- Now this is a collection of both -- and some classic familiar songs -- -- go about selecting your songs for something like us.
You sit down you think about well I was listening to an album what what I wanted to be like -- just kind of just drop a wish list now is a work in progress so you don't come up with the whole list of songs and all the special -- left the bat -- kind of flow from.
The necessity of either the composition or it.
Who you think might be a good match for the song so the very guests and -- varied to say the least from Herbie Hancock all the way to Vince -- -- mark offer.
And so I Aggies economy and over time I've been able to -- -- up with a great record company to make.
Records that I want to make you know without kind of having the restraint of a lot of things.
Yeah and -- some of these signs of what a wonderful world over the Ramos summertime and even -- not alone.
Do they have special meaning to you.
The -- I mean you know premium on mama trouble flares in the mail -- -- needs to work great and so.
One in particular song is quite daunting you know to do what a wonderful world.
But I think with a great sound -- mark not -- not only playing guitar but seeing as well gives the song credibility and stature that I think that if I would have just tried it.
On my own mind you with Louis Armstrong hanging over my shoulder yeah.
I'm not sure about that but -- but mark made it just so fantastic and we -- -- -- live with his band and it was it was a fun time.
And I don't -- -- outside as well I saw some of that came from in props so what do you mean do you just is that the most fine getting into the studio and just playing in seeing what happens when you're working with artists like.
Well you know I gotta say -- has to be spoken about in the in the -- with probably one of the greatest American musicians.
Ever you know -- and I got into playing music or jazz certainly when I heard Miles Davis play on a CD many years ago when I was a kid twelve years old.
And I still remember that beautiful introduction played perfectly by Herbie Hancock.
And so for me many years later to be able to not only go to the White House and perform with -- -- -- bit.
Had this idea to write something together and and to sit down and and have the writing session calmed down the waited and then the arrangement come out the way it did.
Is you know that the real life -- kid growing up -- -- again and also he's making music with his idol and happens to be.
Not just his idol but someone of that level of talent you know like a real icon of American music.
Of course anything that you really learn can you work off of each other do you feel -- it.
Nearly -- you as an.
Well I mean it's like it it's like being -- and the greatest kind of ride you can ever imagine you know because Hervey.
Has such command over the instrument -- -- -- many walks up to the instrument he sort of does this thing where he -- sort of pauses briefly.
Because I think in his mind he has all these like musical calculations going on wall where I put my hands appear.
Much like a shape rather than just like I'm going to play this song with you -- It's way more esoteric than you would -- ever really think.
And he just lays hands on the piano plays this court as well all can -- -- the first phrase and then another -- -- another phrase and and that's the way the writing process -- you feel so liberated -- this.
Moving landscaping music underneath you that you don't really ever hear from anyone else and everyone plays the piano but there's only one hurting got crazy.
And they're out your journey obviously is an artist and is solo we've got incredible and you've also got a chance to work with us this and not drop.
And Joni Mitchell and all these people long life gain.
Cell is there any one person that gave you you know either good he's advice or really inspired you in his business.
Well my career without a doubt doesn't stop.
Ours doesn't start to launch without any association -- -- he's my closest friend and ally.
And I just got Tony I I walk on stage every night.
Whether it's Moscow or Sydney or Pittsburgh and and and be very very grateful that I met him that we became friends and he was.
He's giving me so many breaks you know my career and and I think it's it's it's his belief.
In me that kind of give that stamp of approval that allows people.
To take a chance and instrumentalists because our whole world is basically pop singer oriented yet so for instrumentalists like get those same kind of opportunity just make.
Beautiful records with an orchestra and stand that are expensive you know or be on television I don't PBS special whatever it is.
Is unusual and you need someone is -- you know pay attention in this early on and instinct is sort of let me have it right.
-- and and I just have a couple more questions for you one being.
Since I thought toward eighth on your website it through this summer and a couple of them even include Nashville might some of your guest artist pop up at -- -- -- Saying yes possibly possibly RA and other things I don't like taking all three -- you're throwing political.
Possibly millions my show who might show up and out and you are on the road so people can check that out where I want.
Or three unity easier and and I made it priority number one in the last -- spent eight years 380 year nonstop world tour and we fit the recording process of our records in the days off.
And and it's it's been kind of live the way that we -- records which is different and rock bands that take a year off to make a record we just sort of you know try to find the best Rangers and go -- you know.
You know -- and then finally because I did mention international jazz -- isn't new thing this the -- so why would you feel it and why does this music this music and art in American history everything.
Deserve a day of recognition.
Well for me is that it's an -- recognition but.
But I but I I think it's a great thing just to acknowledge you know.
America's real true musical art form you know it is it's it's.
It's history it's a historical reference in music and but I'm just I'm I'm happy to be a little -- passenger on.
Well thank you so much Chris buddy and it's impressions is the new album look for and check.
Your website which is custodial com video double TI dot com regularly dot com maturity dates on the possibly special -- yeah all right thank you so much and I obviously --