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I know it's not sax related, but anyone seen Chris Botti live before? I've been a big fan of his and he's finally coming to Buffalo. I have 2 VIP tickets that give me a meet-and-greet backstage before the concert.
 

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Saw him with David Sanborn a year or so ago. Botti was very good that night. I really thought he stole the show. He's got a slick smooth sound.
 

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As cool as it will be to meet him, I wish he was doing this tour with a brand name sax player. I'd obviously have more to talk about with a sax player. I'd love it if I had a meet and greet with Warren Hill, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Marienthal, someone like that. In my limited knowledge of trumpet players, I'd say Chris is about the best there is right now.
 

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patseguin said:
As cool as it will be to meet him, I wish he was doing this tour with a brand name sax player. I'd obviously have more to talk about with a sax player. I'd love it if I had a meet and greet with Warren Hill, Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Marienthal, someone like that. In my limited knowledge of trumpet players, I'd say Chris is about the best there is right now.
Botti is a strong player has a very unique sound, but I wouldn't call him tops of todays crop. Check out John Swana. He's in a class by himself.
 

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I agree that Chris Botti (Is it bow-TEE, or BOW-tee?) is a very smooth player with enjoyable sounds and technique, especially his interpretation of My Funny Valentine, but you chaps don't think Wynton is one of the best in his field?
 

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I think its BAH-tee or BOT-tee

at least thats how everyone pronounces it around here!
 

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The reason I asked is that I've heard it pronounced both ways by various show hosts and TV announcers. NBD.
 

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I saw him play with Sanborn, too. It was an interesting combo; Sanborn's all-over-the-place style was really balanced by Botti's smooth, minimal style. Honestly, though, I don't think I would've been able to listen to a whole concert of just Chris Botti.

Of course, it was the drummer at that concert who really stole the show. Man, if only I knew who that guy was... he was incredible.

BTW, it's pronounced BOH-tee.
 

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Was it Billy Kilson (from Dave Holland's band)?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA0GHgNGLL8

Also, he's been known to use James Genus on bass (from Dave Douglas and SNL). Funny thing was he was somewhat derragatory about Dave Douglas' approach in a Downbeat interview I saw. Oh well, ,to each their own.
 

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goodsax said:
Is it bow-TEE, or BOW-tee?
I know a guy who's a family friend of Chris's, and he pronounces is BOW-tee. Of course, this guy's kind of a dip, and a known liar, so who knows?
 

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Botti is a tough cat, after an hour I was getting bored. Love him though, and the drummer is the show. I was amazed that Botti gave him so much space. The whole Night Sessions CD, and When I Fall In Love. Take a special lady with you. Mayho
 

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Well, I saw Chris last night. Great show. You guys were right, the drummer really is the show. The guitar player was something else too. The drummer is a real showman though, probably one of the best I've ever seen. It seemed like a lot of the concert was Chris NOT playing. When he did play, it was great though. He'd be smart not to showcase such show-stealing band members though.
 

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It is pronounced BOW-tee.

Really. I knew Chris many years ago.

He's a good cat. He knows the tradition. Used to play like Miles and Clifford. Don't fault him for looking for his own thing and having some commercial success too.

Chris has been playing great since he was a teenager.
 
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