11/28/2005 at 01:00 AM EST
To Love Again
Last year a plug from Oprah
made trumpeter Chris Botti's When I Fall in Love
an unexpected hit: It's one of the few jazz recordings to go gold. Get ready to dim the lights again. By turns stark and wistful, this engaging follow-up features Botti's piercing high notes and melancholy tones (à la Miles Davis) backed by a string orchestra. With a diverse lineup of vocalists from Sting to Gladys Knight, To Love Again
strikes a smooth balance between tales of affection and ardor. On "Smile," Aerosmith's Steven Tyler surprises as he displays a fragile courage. But it's Jill Scott, on an unusually jaunty rendition of "Good Morning Heartache," who really helps Botti show what love is all about.
DOWNLOAD THIS: "Good Morning Heartache"