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13 February 2013

Grammy Win For Bobby Colomby & Chris Botti

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On behalf of Render Records and Render Recording Artist David Aldo, lead singer for Blood Sweat & Tears, we would like to congratulate Blood Sweat & Tears founding member Bobby Colomby on the 2013 Grammy Nomination and Win for “Best Pop Instumental Album” for Producing Chris Botti’s latest album, “Impressions”.

About Bobby Colomby:

Bobby Colomby (born Robert Wayne Colomby, 20 December 1944, in New York) is an innovative jazz-rock fusion drummer, and an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears. He’s also the uncredited drummer on John Cale and Terry Riley‘s collaboration album Church of Anthrax.[citation needed]

He graduated from the City College of NY with a degree in Psychology, and his elder brother Harry Colomby was the manager of Thelonious Monk.

Colomby played on the self-titled Blood, Sweat & Tears’ 1970 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which features the hit songs: “Spinning Wheel“, “And When I Die“, and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” (all sung by David Clayton-Thomas).[1] After many changes in the group he became (in the end) the defacto owner of Blood Sweat & Tears name.

Colomby produced jazz bass virtuoso Jaco Pastorius‘ first solo album; The Jacksons‘ comeback album Destiny; Chris Botti‘s albums December, When I Fall In Love, To Love Again and Italia; Paula Cole‘s album Courage and Jeff Lorber‘s album He Had a Hat.

For a few years in the late 1980s Bobby Colomby was a reporter for the television programs Entertainment Tonight and “The CBS Morning Program.” He also hosted “In Person from the Palace”.

In 2000, Colomby and Richard Marx created Signal 21 Records.[2] The label released only one album, Richard Marx‘s Days In Avalon before the label folded shortly thereafter.

About Chris Botti:

Botti was introduced to Columbia by Bobby Colomby, drummer and founding member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, who went on to become his producer and manager. Botti’s first Columbia release was Night Sessions in 2001. This was followed in 2002 by December, a holiday album, which included an original composition by Richard Marx. The project represented the only time Botti has performed vocals on two tracks.[9]

A Thousand Kisses Deep, was released in 2003 and contained a group of originals and covers that accent Botti’s crossover appeal as both a jazz and pop musician.[10]

When I Fall In Love followed in 2004, which featured a more traditional sound[11] than its predecessor.

To Love Again: The Duets, released in 2005, continued where the previous album left off with more lush orchestral jazz via the London Session Orchestra, this time showcasing guest vocalists — as well as a handful of instrumental tracks.[12]

In May 2005, Botti was invited to perform at Oprah Winfrey‘s Legends Ball weekend honoring her African American heroines.[13] In 2006, Billy Childs, Gil Goldstein & Heitor Pereira won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” (Chris Botti & Sting) from Botti’s album To Love Again – The Duets.[14] 2006 also marked his first PBS collaboration, Chris Botti Live: With Orchestra and Special Guests, released in early 2006. The CD and platinum-certified DVD included duets with Sting, Burt Bacharach, Gladys Knight, Jill Scott and Renee Olstead.[15]

On September 25, 2007, Botti released an album entitled Italia. The album places focus on Botti’s Italian roots through such songs as “Ave Maria”, “Venice”, “Estatè”, and the title track “Italia”, on which he partnered with Andrea Bocelli. In December 2007, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Botti also performed the song with Bocelli during the 2007 edition of the Teatro del Silenzio, which was released on DVD titled Vivere Live in Tuscany, in 2008.

Early in 2009, Botti released his second CD/DVD PBS project, Chris Botti in Boston. Performing with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Botti shared the stage with Yo Yo Ma, Steven Tyler, Josh Groban, Katharine McPhee, John Mayer, Sting and others.

By June 2009, Chris Botti had released twelve solo albums. His first few releases are often classified as smooth jazz, though critic Alex Henderson argues that Botti’s music was a cut above much of the genre; reviewing his 1999 album, Slowing Down the World, Henderson writes “it would be a major mistake to lump it in with… outright elevator muzak … Botti is capable of a lot more.”[16] That same year as well as the following year, Botti appeared as a Pennington Great Performers series artist with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.

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