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Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns

Read "Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

The idea of a quartet of top smooth jazz saxophonists gathering for a super-session must have seemed like a great idea to Dave Koz. Why not invite Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot to join him for a sax summit? Hang out, play some together, have some laughs. It'll be fun. What could possibly go wrong?Quite a bit actually. The main problem with Summer Horns is it suffers from the assumption that if some is good, then ...

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Dave Koz: At the Movies

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There's nothing quite like the feeling of walking into a movie theatre, settling into your seat as the lights go down and, for the next two hours, being transported into a different reality than the normal world we inhabit. Saxophonist Dave Koz understands the thrill of discovery in the dark, and At The Movies is all about the great music of great movies.To write Koz off as just another smooth jazz superstar minimizes the passion he brings to ...

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Dave Koz: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

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The name Dave Koz is synonymous with his craft. He is a fixture within the contemporary jazz community, and deservedly so. Koz is quite occupied as he is very much in demand. He is a world renowned artist whose career has spanned twenty years and is, even now, advancing full steam ahead. But, he is also the host of the tremendously successful syndicated, Dave Koz Radio Show and co-founder of Rendezvous Entertainment--which represents such famed artists as Patti Austin, Michael ...

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Dave Koz: Saxophonic

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Dave Koz has one of the highest profiles in smooth jazz, thanks to his syndicated Dave Koz Radio Show and a morning show in Los Angeles. He also finds time for special tours, like one you may be catching this Christmas. He's guest-starred on numerous pop and smooth jazz CDs. So it's no surprise that it's been four years since his sublime, hit-happy The Dance, his last CD of non-holiday tunes. (He also released Golden Slumbers, a recording of lullabies.)

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Dave Koz: A Holiday Tradition

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Dave Koz and a host of special guests have launched the annual Dave Koz Smooth Jazz Christmas Tour. Marc Antoine (guitar), Chris Botti (trumpet), Bobby Caldwell (vocals) and Brian Culbertson (piano/trombone) will be joining Koz for the festive holiday experience. After wowing audiences in Lake Tahoe and the West Coast, the tour will visit mostly major venues to include Atlanta and Chicago.

Interestingly enough, Koz will now be the bandleader to the guy who gave him his start. ...

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Dave Koz: Off the Beaten Path

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Popular saxophonist Dave Koz has attempted to veer “off the beaten path" with this release; in other words, to create something that goes beyond the current “smooth jazz" formula which so many contemporary saxophonists have embraced. For this, he is to be commended. Overall, it's a successful effort. He keeps one foot solidly planted on contemporary ground, but tests some interesting new waters with his other foot.

Some tunes add folk instruments, such as mandolin, accordion, fiddle, dobro, and nylon-string ...

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Dave Koz: Lucky Man

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Dave Koz joins forces with a very talented group of musicians to bring us “Lucky Man." The all-star band includes Nathan East on bass, Robben Ford on guitar, Jeff Lorber on keyboards and Paul Jackson Junior.

This album features one of my all time favourite cuts entitled “Tender is the Night" featuring the velvet tones of Phil Perry. With serious airplay by most Smooth Jazz stations in the States, it has deservedly become a prime-time smash from coast ...