Chris Botti in Boston

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Chart-topping jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and special guests performed two star-studded concerts at the historic Boston Symphony Hall with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops on September 18 and 19, 2008. Special guests include Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Me, John Mayer, Katharine McPhee, Lucia Micarelli, Sting and Steven Tyler. Blu-ray Disc Tracklisting:
Ave Maria
When I Fall in Love
Seven Days featuring Sting
Broken Vow featuring Josh Groban
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Chris Botti in Boston

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  1. I also watched this concert on PBS, and agree with other reviewers that the performances and production values are first rate. The problem is the incessant talking between performances. It breaks the continuity and ruins the show for me. The chatter should be at the end of the disc in the “special features” section. Just my opinion…
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. The conert itself was very good. He’s extremely gifted, has an amazing backup group and the Boston Symphony is great. His guests were outstanding for the most part. There were a couple of performers that I never heard of but they were very good singers.

    What did not impress me was the audio on the blu ray. My Denon did not pick up and type of DTS sound or surround sound so what I listened to in my home theatre room was stereo. If I’m dishing out bucks for blu ray, I expect some type of better digi sound than stereo. I want all of my speakers to roar. The sound clarity was very good though.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Botti in Boston is a must-have DVD for your musical collection. This concert gives you the best seats in the house, allowing you to share a real treat with friends who appreciate your inviting them over for a fabulous look at your new home theater setup!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. I’d seen this performance on PBS and decided to order two DVD’s for Christmas gifts. UNFORTUNATELY, I found out too late that a Blu-Ray player is necessary to play it. I’m surprised you don’t sell a DVD that plays on a regular DVD player, or at least explain that Blu-Ray doesn’t work on a regular DVD player.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Wow! I saw part of this Blu-Ray in a Best Buy here in MN and was immediately impressed. I wanted to buy it then and there but, alas, they were out of it as were all of the other Best Buy stores in the Twin Cities. (Why have it on as a demo in your store when you don’t have any to sell?) So I ordered this from Amazon and am still totally impressed.

    Technically, the Dolby TrueHD 7.1/5.1 sound track is enveloping, crisp, and impeccably mixed. (I only have 5.1 so cannot comment on the 7.1 mix.) The smooth sound of Chris’ trumpet is perfectly captured not being harsh nor dark. Chris has amazing tone and it’s beautifully represented on this disk. The picture is stunning without presenting annoying hues that many live concert videos do. Thank the lighting crew for that. The blacks are dark yet detailed, and the colors vibrant. Detail overall is excellent.

    Performances? You will see some musicians in circumstances that you have never seen them before. Yo Yo Ma jamming with Chris on the beautiful “Cinema Paradiso”, and Steven Tyler (Yes, that one!) singing “Smile” (Yes, that one!) to his father in the front row. Both are simply astonishing performances. And violinist Lucia Micarelli with blow you away with her passionate, and emotional playing.

    To tell you the truth, I had not even heard of Chris Botti before I saw this disk. I am not just a fan raving about this Blu-Ray, but a person that was totally captured initially and continue to love this performance. It does lag a bit in the 2nd quarter of the show, but picks up again with some spectacular songs with great guest artists. (John Mayer, Kathrine McPhee anyone?)

    Chris plays a humble yet very competent host and I think that even if you are not a fan of this type of music, you’ll be hard pressed to stop watching this disk.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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