Hello Tomorrow

Hello Tomorrow

by Dave Koz Dave Koz


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Other than a Christmas album and a greatest-hits collection, we haven't heard anything new from contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz since his successful 2007 date At the Movies (though recording somewhat infrequently has been a Koz trademark). Hello Tomorrow, his first date for Concord, is not only full of new tunes in a diverse array, but hosts an impressive cast of band and guest players, as well. Produced by John Burk and Marcus Miller, the set kicks off with the euphoric jazz-funk groover "Put the Top Down," featuring Lee Ritenour on lead guitar, Ray Parker, Jr. on rhythm, Brian Culbertson handling the synths and programming, Omar Hakim on drums, Sheila E. on percussion, and a three-piece horn section adding to Koz's alto. It's followed by the lithe, nocturnal, sensual funk that is "When Will I Know for Sure," with Boney James playing tenor in concert with Koz. "Getaway," with its breezy pop Caribbean sheen, features Jonathan Butler and Sheila E. duetting; Butler handles the guitar chores as well. Koz provides a serviceable vocal on a cover of "This Guy's in Love with You," with the tune's original hitmaker Herb Alpert guesting on trumpet; the latter's version wins, hands down. Jeff Lorber helps out on two solid cuts here in "Anything's Possible" and what is sure to be a format smash in "Remember Where You Come From" that also includes the four-piece horn section. There's an uncharacteristic contemporary jazz-blues in "There's a Better Way," with Keb' Mo' on vocals and acoustic guitar; he also appears on the uplifting, 21st century take on jazzy Big Easy R&B in "Think Big," with Christian Scott laying the N.O. tradition on thick with his trumpet. Why two small group ballads were chosen to close the set is questionable, but the brief "What You Leave Behind" is a nice outro. Given how seamlessly the rest of this fits together, Hello Tomorrow is no doubt one of the most ambitious recordings in Koz's catalog.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2010
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072317536
catalogNumber: 31753
Rank: 66156


  1. Put the Top Down
  2. When Will I Know For Sure
  3. It's Always Been You
  4. Getaway
  5. This Guy's in Love with You
  6. Anything's Possible
  7. There's a Better Way
  8. Start All Over Again
  9. Think Big
  10. The Journey
  11. Remember Where You Come From
  12. Whisper in Your Ear
  13. What You Leave Behind

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Koz   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Whisper
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Jonathan Butler   Guitar,Vocals
Omar Hakim   Drums
Jeff Lorber   Piano,Keyboards,Soloist
Evan Rogers   Background Vocals
Boney James   Tenor Saxophone
John Burk   Guitar
Lenny Castro   Percussion,Washboard
Brian Culbertson   Synthesizer,Trombone,Keyboards
Sheila E.   Percussion,Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trombone,Trumpet
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Alan Kaplan   Trombone
Lynn Mabry   Background Vocals
Marcus Miller   Bass,Clarinet,Guitar,Bass Clarinet,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Vibes
Ray Parker   Guitar
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano,fender rhodes
Lee Ritenour   Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Keb' Mo'   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Carmon   fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
David Delhomme   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Christian Scott   Trumpet
Harvey Mason   Keyboards
Dana Glover   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jubu   Guitar
Darren Rahn   Keyboards
Nate Harasim   Keyboards
Bobby Sparks   Hammond B3
John Capik   Strings
Brian O'Connor   French Horn

Technical Credits

Dave Koz   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Composer,Additional Production
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Evan Rogers   Composer
Greg Allen   Art Direction
John Burk   Producer
Brian Culbertson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Bass Programming,Additional Production
Hal David   Composer
Marcus Miller   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements
Don Murray   Engineer
Dean Parks   Arranger,Programming,Additional Production
Carl Sturken   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dana Glover   Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Darren Rahn   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Nate Harasim   Composer,Loop
John Capik   String Arrangements

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