Picks and Pans Review: My Favorite Jazz Albums Chris Botti
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MILES DAVIS, MY FUNNY VALENTINE This album is a live concert. The reason I play music is because of the first statement I ever heard on the trumpet by Miles Davis, "My Funny Valentine." That's how powerful his sound was to my heart.
FRANK SINATRA, ONLY THE LONELY My very first professional gig was with Frank Sinatra. This is just a heartbreaking album with great arrangements.
KEITH JARRETT, THE MELODY AT NIGHT, WITH YOU It's a very artistic backdrop to whatever you're doing. You're talking about arguably one of the two greatest living jazz pianists in the world.
WAYNE SHORTER, SPEAK NO EVIL Of these, it's the most hardcore jazz music: Shorter [on tenor sax], Herbie Hancock on piano and Freddie Hubbard playing beautiful trumpet. Classic.
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