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Picks and Pans Review: Chris Botti

updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

To Love Again

[STARS 3]

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.

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