Summer Horns

Summer Horns

by Dave Koz
     
 

Summer Horns is the first studio album from Dave Koz since 2010's Hello Tomorrow. That said, it's not solely billed to him. The "and Friends" on the bill refers to three other contemporary jazz saxophonists: Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot. Produced by Paul Brown, this is a big up-front horn section recordSee more details below

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Summer Horns is the first studio album from Dave Koz since 2010's Hello Tomorrow. That said, it's not solely billed to him. The "and Friends" on the bill refers to three other contemporary jazz saxophonists: Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, and Richard Elliot. Produced by Paul Brown, this is a big up-front horn section record, full of jazz, funk, and R&B covers, alternately by Greg Adams, Tom Scott, Gordon Goodwin, and Albright. The four-sax line is augmented by brass in various places, too. While Brown's production sound stays within the genre of contemporary jazz -- it's both clean and bright -- the feel is all groove. Early on there is a finger-popping open-road vibe in the take on Herb Alpert's "Rise," and an atypical jazzy read of Sly Stone's "Hot Fun in the Summertime," with Brian Culbertson adding a trombone solo and chorus vocals by Jonathan Butler and Jeffrey Osborne. Abair's lead alto on the cover of Paul Desmond's iconic "Take Five" is slippery and warm, and rides the time signature beautifully; the multi-horn arrangement by Goodwin, with its layered and interweaving solos and upright bass in place of the piano and drums, is a nice touch. Michael McDonald's vocal on Tower of Power's "So Very Hard to Go" is every bit as soulful as the Motown covers on his own records. Koz's lead alto breaks are tasty. Adams' chart substitutes elegance for grittiness, but the emotion remains. While Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4" and James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" suffer a tad for their lack of wildness, both have interesting guitar touches and fine solos by Koz and Albright, respectively. Led by Elliot's expressive tenor, Charles Stepney and Earth, Wind & Fire's "Reasons" is a groove-laden midtempo babymaker and a set high point. Rick Braun's trumpet solo and Butler's gospel moaning vocal turn Stevie Wonder's "You Haven't Done Nothin'" into one of the set's dancefloor shakers. Albright's horn chart is funky, chunky, and righteous. The lone original here is the title track. It's pure contemporary jazz, with Koz delivering a nice soprano solo followed by Elliot's fine tenor break. Lenny Castro's percussion and Roberto Vally's bassline keep the groove fluid and deep. Summer Horns doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is: a good-time record that sounds like it was as much fun to make as it is to listen to.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2013
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072341722
catalogNumber:
34172
Rank:
85

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Tracks

  1. Always There  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  2. Got to Get You Into My Life  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  3. Rise  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  4. So Very Hard to Go  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  5. Hot Fun in the Summertime  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  6. Take Five  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  7. 25 or 6 to 4  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  8. Reasons  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  9. I Got You (I Feel Good)  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  10. You Haven't Done Nothin'  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  11. God Bless the Child  -  Dave Koz and Friends
  12. Summer Horns  -  Dave Koz and Friends

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Koz   Primary Artist,Indexed Contributor,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael McDonald   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Butler   Vocals
Richard Elliot   Tenor Saxophone
Rick Braun   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeff Carruthers   Guitar,Keyboards
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brian Culbertson   Trombone
Nick Lane   Trombone
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Jeffrey Osborne   Vocals
Roberto Vally   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Lee Thornberg   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Greg Adams   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tracy Carter   Piano,Keyboards,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Mindi Abair   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Marco Basci   Organ,Keyboards
Eric Mondragon   Background Vocals
Jay Gore   Guitar
Darren Rahn   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Frank Selman   Guitar
Damon Reel   Background Vocals
Jon Woodhead   Guitar
Billy Mondragon   Background Vocals
Sean Billings   Trumpet
Paul Brown   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel String
Khalid Woods   Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Mel Brown   Bass

Technical Credits

Philip Bailey   Composer
James Brown   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Maurice White   Composer
Gerald Albright   Horn Arrangements
Paul Desmond   Composer
Gordon Goodwin   Arranger
Dave Koz   Composer,Executive Producer
Ronnie Laws   Composer
Tom Scott   Horn Arrangements
Robert Lamm   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
Andy Armer   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Rick Braun   Composer
John Burk   Executive Producer
Jeff Carruthers   Engineer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Emilio Castillo   Composer
Brian Culbertson   Composer
Carmen Grillo   Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
William Jeffrey   Composer
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Composer
Charles Stepney   Composer
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Grady Walker   Engineer
Greg Adams   Horn Arrangements
Tracy Carter   rhythm arrangement
Marco Basci   Horn Arrangements,drum programming,rhythm arrangement
Randy Alpert   Composer
Darren Rahn   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Stevland Morris   Composer
Johnny Lee   Engineer
Paul Brown   Composer,Producer,Engineer,rhythm arrangement
Khalid Woods   Engineer,drum programming,rhythm arrangement

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