by Dave Koz
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724353422622
catalogNumber: 34226

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,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   Acoustic 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   Trombone
John Stoddart   Vocals
Audrey Koz   Hand Clapping
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Igor Szwec   Violin
Charles Crawford   scratching,Turntables,DJ
Janice Dela Cruz   Hand Clapping
Lois Gleckman   Hand Clapping
Mink Tungwarapotwitan   Hand Clapping
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Mel Pearlman   Hand Clapping
Liz Healy   Hand Clapping
Gloria Justen   Violin

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   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
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
Hemberger   Engineer
Frankie Payne   Groomer
Mary Fagot   Art Direction
Chris Wood   Engineer

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Saxophonic 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rketter More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.