Last week performance fascinated and motivated me to do some research on upcoming events; this week, Chris Botti. I listened to his latest album and to be honest I didn’t find it interesting, rather sluggish.
With the songs from the “Impressions” album in mind, I entered the Tryon Festival Theatre already feeling sleepy. Fortunately, my drowsiness didn’t last long.
The pamphlet of the show caught my attention when I saw him portrayed with a trumpet. I had the prejudice that leading artists must play the piano, guitar, or any other instrument that lets her or him sing. The second thing that intrigued me was the youthfulness of the supporting cast, compared to other performing music events I had attended, experience always seemed more important than the jovial passion for music.
The show began slowly as the atmosphere for an extraordinary jazz session was set. The introduction of the pianist, an Estonian that had performed less than a dozen times with Botti, impressed me. His execution was beyond the technical; he regularly interacted with Chris and the other artists during the gig.
The violinist delicacy struck everybody. Her control over the bow and violin was definitely missed by everyone in the crowd, as she only played twice.
The bassist perfectly complimented the high-pitched trumpet of Botti. For a moment in the second part of the show, he became the lead artist and even shut Botti at moments.
The drummer was magnificent throughout the performance, and his solo was my favorite part of the show. His experience and playfulness stood out. He could play whatever he wanted with whatever means: some mallets, drumsticks, or even his hands.
The saxophonist battled against Botti in breathing, rhythm, power and any other possible element of wind instruments. The guitarist was the perfect duo for Botti when the “Union” had its break. The singer caught the audience’s attention at the very end when it seemed that the show couldn’t get better.
I may not be able to enjoy or appreciate the performance of Chris Botti as this is the first time I listen to a trumpet of his caliber. However, I can appreciate his curating skills. All the artists that accompanied him were great at complementing him and each other. I can’t imagine the first melodies without the violinist, neither the last song without the singer; it was a perfect integration.