Columbia Records Set to Release Chris Botti's Best-Selling RIAA Gold-Certified Album, When I Fall In Love, in New DualDisc Edition

DualDisc Features Include 'Standards In Real Time,' An Exclusive Making-Of-The-Album Documentary

When I Fall In Love DualDisc in Stores Tuesday, May 31


Columbia Records is set to release a DualDisc edition of When I Fall In Love, the latest RIAA gold certified album from acclaimed trumpeter Chris Botti, on Tuesday, May 31.

The When I Fall In Love DualDisc features the album in its entirety on the audio-only side. The DualDisc's DVD side includes the full album, in PCM stereo; "Standards In Real Time," an exclusive documentary about the making of the album featuring interviews with Botti and the album's guest artists as well as on-stage and in-the-studio footage; and a breathtaking live video of Chris's stunning performance of "Someone To Watch Over Me" at the 2004 Nobel Prize ceremonies in Oslo, Norway.

Released on September 28, 2004, When I Fall In Love tapped into the record-buying public's desire for classic romantic jazz sounds, quickly hitting the #1 slot on both the Traditional Jazz albums sales chart and the Top Jazz overall album sales chart.

Shortly after the album's release, When I Fall In Love jumped an astounding 109 spots -- from #146 (week ending 11/14) to #37 (week ending 11/21) on the Top 200 -- on the strength of a pair of career-defining television performances on the "Today" show (Friday, November 12) and "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Tuesday, November 16). It was the biggest single week's sales leap of any traditional jazz album recorded by an instrumental artist to be released in the SoundScan era.

The soaring success of When I Fall In Love led to an invitation to fill the coveted opening slot on the Josh Groban North American tour.

With When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti, recently picked as one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People," breathes new soul and magic into classic pop penned by Irving Berlin ("What'll I Do?"), Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart ("My Romance"), Ira and George Gershwin ("Someone To Watch Over Me"), Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer ("One For My Baby And One More For The Road") and others. Featuring guest vocal performances from Paula Cole ("What'll I Do?" & "How Love Should Be") and Sting ("La Belle Dame Sans Regrets"), When I Fall In Love includes Sade's more recently penned (but still classic) song, "No Ordinary Love," and the ever-haunting "Time to Say Goodbye (Con te Partiro)." While providing fresh interpretations of some of the world's greatest love songs, Botti creates new pop standards of his own with songs like "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets," written by Dominic Miller and Sting (who sings on the track).

Botti's association with Sting dates back to 1999, when the trumpeter joined the pop legend's band as featured soloist on the "Brand New Day" tour, which lasted two-and-a-half years. Veteran of both the contemporary jazz world and mainstream pop studio scene, Botti has worked with Joni Mitchell, Natalie Merchant, and renowned film composer John Barry, among others. Film critic Rex Reed has called him "the sexiest trumpeter since Chet Baker." Botti joined Paul Simon's band in 1990, where he remained for the next five years, and, in 1995, he recorded his solo debut, First Wish. After scoring the 1996 film "Caught," Botti returned in 1997 with his second LP, Midnight Without You, which was followed by Slowing Down the World two years later. His 2002 watershed album, Night Sessions, peaked at #2 on the Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart while his seasonal collection, December, released the same year, hit #7 on the same chart.

Released in September 2003, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Botti's last best- selling collection, entered at #20 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and hit the #3 position on the Top Contemporary Jazz chart.

SOURCE: Columbia Records

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