Saxophonic

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
This likeable, ultra funky, and melodic saxman is one of the few smooth jazz performers whose consistent gold sales status, and omnipresence in the genre including DJ'ing a morning show at one of the country's top stations, and two annual tours makes him a crossover superstar. But his breakneck multi-media schedule is only part of the reason he can get away with only recording a new studio album every three or four years; his discs are usually so deep in picture perfect potential hit singles that Capitol can milk the album for that long with constant radio play. He has a tough act to follow here after 1999's magnificent The Dance spawned no less than five Top Five ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
This likeable, ultra funky, and melodic saxman is one of the few smooth jazz performers whose consistent gold sales status, and omnipresence in the genre including DJ'ing a morning show at one of the country's top stations, and two annual tours makes him a crossover superstar. But his breakneck multi-media schedule is only part of the reason he can get away with only recording a new studio album every three or four years; his discs are usually so deep in picture perfect potential hit singles that Capitol can milk the album for that long with constant radio play. He has a tough act to follow here after 1999's magnificent The Dance spawned no less than five Top Five contemporary jazz singles. He doesn't disappoint for a second, packing this sax-intensive collection with hook after hook amidst a mix of edgy funk, mid-tempo chill vibes, and some unique sonic experiments, including sampling old jazz tracks on the crazy-making, hip-hop scratcher "Sound of the Underground," featuring some nifty harmonies from trumpeter Chris Botti, and a colorful move into house music with "Only Tomorrow Knows," that may surprise those who always expect him to stay in the mainstream. Whereas The Dance was cover-happy, Saxophonic stands strong on all original tunes, broken up four at a time by Acts One, Two, and Three, which are defined by the overall vibe of the section. Act One is funkified, slickly produced Jeff Lorber and Brian Culbertson had a hand, heavy on the horn doubling and soul, represented by the irresistible opener "Honey-dipped". Act Two has more ambience, and fresh, mid-tempo attitude, a balance of the feisty electronic hip-hop crackle of the title track, and the lush romance of "Definition of Beautiful," featuring vocals by labelmate Javier. Act Three offers the aforementioned experiments, plus a torchy ballad and a colorful thumping duet with Marc Antoine. The Curtain Call ballad, "One Last Thing," is a sweet, gospel-flavored sax-piano duet produced by Brian McKnight. One curious disappointment flutters amidst all the success here; the tracks that advertise contributions by McKnight and Bobby Caldwell only use them in a minor backing capacity. Yes, this makes things more "saxophonic," but why bring such talent on the journey if they're hardly present in the mix? That gripe aside, with the abundance of future hits here, Koz can probably hold off till 2006 at least.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353422622
  • Catalog Number: 34226
  • Sales rank: 4,792

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Honey-Dipped (4:23)
  2. 2 Love Changes Everything - Brian McKnight (3:58)
  3. 3 All I See Is You (4:14)
  4. 4 Just to Be Next to You (4:54)
  5. 5 Let It Free (3:48)
  6. 6 Undeniable (4:13)
  7. 7 Saxophonic (Come on Up) (5:02)
  8. 8 Definition of Beautiful - Javier (4:56)
  9. 9 Sound of the Underground - Chris Botti (4:05)
  10. 10 Only Tomorrow Knows (5:07)
  11. 11 I Believe (5:31)
  12. 12 A View from Above - Marc Antoine (4:51)
  13. 13 One Last Thing (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Koz Primary Artist, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Hand Clapping, Sax Effects
Bobby Caldwell Background Vocals
Jeff Lorber Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Clavinet, Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping, Wurlitzer
Norman Brown Guitar, Soloist
Evan Rogers Background Vocals, Human Whistle
Brian McKnight Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Gary Morris Hand Clapping
Javier Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Alex Al Electric Bass
Bashiri Johnson African Percussion
Chris Botti Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Lenny Castro Percussion
Brad Cole Piano
Brian Culbertson Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Nathan East Bass, Electric Bass
Larry Gold Conductor
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Jackson Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Guitar Effects
Hyman Katz Hand Clapping
Tony Maiden Guitar, Electric Guitar, wah wah guitar
Peter Nocella Viola
Gary Novak Drums
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Carl Sturken Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Marc Antoine Acoustic Guitar, Soloist, Guitar (Nylon String), Guest Appearance
Michael Hart Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar, E-bow
Jeff Koz Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
John Stoddart Vocals
Audrey Koz Hand Clapping
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Charles Crawford scratching, Turntables, DJ
Gloria Justin Violin
Janice Dela Cruz Hand Clapping
Lois Gleckman Hand Clapping
Mink Tungwarapotwitan Hand Clapping
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Mel Pearlman Hand Clapping
Liz Healy Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Dave Koz Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Horn Arrangements
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Evan Rogers Arranger, Composer, Producer, Vocal Effect
Brian McKnight Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Louis Alfred III Engineer
Bashiri Johnson Vocal Effect
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Brad Cole Arranger, Engineer
Brian Culbertson Arranger, Composer, Sound Effects, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Steve Hall Mastering
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Frank Nadasdy Engineer
David Rideau Engineer
Doug Rider Engineer
Carl Sturken Arranger, Composer, Producer, drum programming
Dan Hart Engineer
Michael Hart Thompson Guitar Arrangements
Jeff Koz Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
John Stoddart Vocal Effect
Al Hemberger Engineer
Frankie Payne Groomer
Mary Fagot Art Direction
Chris Wood Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lay Back and Enjoy

    As with most of Dave's music, your body simply wants to relax and enjoy his mix. I have enjoyed Dave for years and this arrangement continues his prior excellence. Your money for this CD is a gift for you to enjoy and experience alone or with your special friend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In a word...

    FANTASTIC!!! In every way! Dave Koz once again proves just how fabulous and talented he is! You will love this cd and if you get the chance to see him in concert, I highly reccommend going! I saw him last week! Nifty beyond belief!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He's just awesome!

    First introduced to him through Smooth Jazz V98.7 here in Michigan. Went to Barnes and Noble, listened, and fell in love with his wonderful sax! Couldn't get away from the album, so I purchased it. His Saxophonic Tour, I hear, has been quite wonderful. I really hope he wins a Grammy this year... I think he deserves it with this album. Highly recommended.

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