Chris Botti Going Italian For New CD

Chris Botti's upcoming CD will have an Italian theme. Botti has been in a London studio recording with an orchestra on 18 songs, although not at of them are scheduled to be included on the still-untitled project, scheduled to be released this fall. A few of the tunes being worked on include "The Mission," "Caruso," "Nessun Dorma" and "Don't Give Up,� the latter originally written and recorded by Peter Gabriel.

�The Mission� was written by famed composer Ennio Morricone for the 1986 motion picture starring Robert DeNiro. �Caruso,� written by Lucio Dalla 21 years ago to honor the famed Italian opera singer, has been recorded by many, including trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, guitarist and vocalist Oscar Castro-Neves and vocalist Josh Groban. And "Nessun Dorma� is an aria from the final act of Puccini�s opera titled Turandot and has been recorded by pianist Ramsey Lewis, vocalist Sarah Brightman and several others.