Lucky Man

Lucky Man

by Dave Koz
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Lucky Man

Saxophonist Dave Koz has become one of the most successful and beloved instrumentalists of his time, and helped establish smooth jazz as a musical force to be reckoned with. His career catapulted with 1993's Lucky Man, one of Koz' slickest and most commercial releases (which is not a bad thing by any means) to date. The album has an undeniably crisp and clean feel, akin to the color schemes used in the artwork. The musical styles range from funky and peppy, as in the opening "Shakin' the Shack," "Silverlining," and the evergreen "You Make Me Smile," to tender and sweet, as in "Faces of the Heart," "Lucky Man," and "Tender Is the Night," which features hypnotic vocals courtesy of Phil Perry. A definite highlight is the unstoppable and downright electrifying "Saxman," which features an A list who's who of influential saxophonists jamming along with Koz. The album also utilizes hip-hop scratches and beats on his wonderfully soulful cover of "Don't Look Any Further" (which features former C+C Music Factory belter Zelma Davis) and a gospel choir on "Show Me the Way." Closing with his wonderful and touching rendition of "Misty," Lucky Man is a must for any fan of contemporary and smooth jazz, and ranks as an absolute highlight in Dave Koz' enduring catalog.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/1993
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0077779889228
catalogNumber: 98892

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Koz   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals,Chant,EWI
Robben Ford   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Steve Reid   Percussion
Jeff Lorber   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Chester Thompson   Organ
Phil Perry   Vocals
Clarence Clemons   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Maceo Parker   Alto Saxophone,Track Performer
Ken Moore   Piano
Michael Thompson   Electric Guitar
Evan Rogers   Background Vocals
Franne Golde   Background Vocals,Chant
Jimmy Haslip   Fretless Bass Guitar
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Alex Brown   Choir, Chorus
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards
Teddy Castellucci   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Brad Cole   Piano,Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Zelma Davis   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nathan East   Bass,Electric Bass
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Michael Fisher   Percussion
Claude Gaudette   Bass,Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Jim Gilstrap   Choir, Chorus
Ed Greene   Drums
Ray Griffin   Drums
Phillip Ingram   Choir, Chorus
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Evelyn "Champagne" King   Background Vocals,Chant
Stephen "Doc" Kupka   Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Lambert   Background Vocals,Chant
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Oliver Leiber   Guitar
Mona Lisa   Choir, Chorus
Jheryl Lockhart   Background Vocals,Chant
Bob Mann   Acoustic Guitar
Jean McClain   Background Vocals,Chant
Alec Milstein   Bass,Electric Bass
Edward Olmos   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Pino Palladino   Fretless Bass Guitar
Bill Payne   Piano
John Pena   Bass
Katrina Perkins   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Chant
Jeff Pescetto   Choir, Chorus
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Carlos Rios   Electric Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Machito Sanchez   Percussion
Mark Schulman   Drums
Leslie Smith   Choir, Chorus
Carl Sturken   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Yvonne Williams   Choir, Chorus
Terry Young   Choir, Chorus
Charles Pettigrew   Vocals
Jeff Koz   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Edward James Olmos   Narrator
Kenny Moore   Piano
Gigi Worth   Choir, Chorus
Monalisa   Choir, Chorus
Booker T. Jones   Organ
John Barnes   Piano

Technical Credits

Eddie Murphy   Engineer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Dave Koz   Arranger,Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,drum programming
Jeremy Lubbock   String Arrangements
Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Evan Rogers   Arranger,Producer
Dan Bosworth   Engineer
Martin Brumbach   Engineer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Programming
Johnny Burke   Composer
Jim Champagne   Engineer
Brad Cole   Arranger,Saxophone Arrangement
Tony DeTiege   Arranger
Claude Gaudette   String Arrangements,drum programming
Dennis Lambert   Arranger,Producer
Gabriel Moffat   Engineer
Billy Moss   Arranger
Doug Rider   Engineer
Carlos Rios   Composer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Mick Stern   Engineer
Carl Sturken   Arranger,Producer
Gabe Veltri   Engineer
Howard Willing   Engineer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Bruce Lundvall   Executive Producer
Eric Rudd   Engineer
Jeff Koz   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Bob Loftus   Engineer
Nick Els   Engineer
Tim Carmon   Arranger
Jeffery Fey   Art Direction
Mort Koz   Engineer
John Zaika   Engineer
Shelly Stewart   Engineer
Jack Urbont   Composer

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Lucky Man 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Koz has moved to far toward mainstream pop. The elements of jazz have deceased. The vocals further detract, being more at home in an elevator. If you're looking for jazz, this isn't it.