Summer Horns

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 6/11/2013
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072341722
  • Catalog Number: 34172
  • Sales rank: 108

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Always There - Dave Koz and Friends (4:05)
  2. 2 Got to Get You Into My Life - Dave Koz and Friends (5:38)
  3. 3 Rise - Dave Koz and Friends (5:08)
  4. 4 So Very Hard to Go - Dave Koz and Friends (4:38)
  5. 5 Hot Fun in the Summertime - Dave Koz and Friends (4:27)
  6. 6 Take Five - Dave Koz and Friends (4:12)
  7. 7 25 or 6 to 4 - Dave Koz and Friends (4:47)
  8. 8 Reasons - Dave Koz and Friends (4:46)
  9. 9 I Got You (I Feel Good) - Dave Koz and Friends (4:17)
  10. 10 You Haven't Done Nothin' - Dave Koz and Friends (3:46)
  11. 11 God Bless the Child - Dave Koz and Friends (5:58)
  12. 12 Summer Horns - Dave Koz and Friends (3:57)
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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
Mel Brown Bass
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
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
Lee Herschberg Mastering
Arthur Herzog Jr. 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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