After twenty years of sold out Christmas tours and five celebrated holiday albums within as many years, saxophonist Dave Koz has done his share – and then some – to help to make the season bright. This year he has reassembled his original holiday lineup – pianist David Benoit, trumpeter Rick Braun and acoustic guitarist Peter White – for the making of Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas, an album that features brand new recordings of classic Christmas songs.
The September 29, 2017, release of Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas on Concord Records sets the stage for Koz and this same lineup to go back on the road in late November for the 2017 holiday season.
“If you had asked me twenty years ago, I would never in a million years believed that we’d be doing Christmas tours two decades later,” says Koz. “But here we are, still doing it, and it’s going as strong as ever! So with twenty years under our belts, it seemed like a great reason to celebrate, and that’s why we decided to include the original cast of our Christmas tour. It’s our chance to go back to the very beginning and celebrate the relationships that this whole journey was built on.”
In addition to the brilliant instrumental synergy of Koz, Benoit, Braun and White, Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas also includes a stellar lineup of guest vocalists: Selina Albright, Javier Colon, Kenny Lattimore, Gabriel Orengo and Jeffrey Osborne. In addition, several of the tracks are enhanced by the West European Symphony Orchestra. This confluence of instrumental, vocal and orchestral talent creates the peaceful, familial, home-centered vibe that everyone seeks at holiday time.
“This is the kind of record that really sets a mood and stays with that mood,” says Koz. “The feeling and the image I get when I listen to it, is that quiet time after dinner when the kids are asleep, the fireplace is crackling, you’re enjoying an eggnog and you’re gazing at the tree with all the lights and trimmings. This music is perfect for that moment. It’s just a very chill, very beautiful collection of songs for that very peaceful time during the season.”
Dave Koz’s Christmas store features exclusive items to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Christmas album, including signed CDs, socks, and a 7” picture vinyl where fans can get a personal Happy Holidays intro from Dave. More here: http://found.ee/DK_20thChristmasWebstore-j
1. Winter Wonderland (3:48)
2. Joy to the Wonderful World (Medley) (4:10)
3. Christmas Time is Here (3:05)
4. Feliz Navidad featuring Gabriel Orengo (3:56)
5. Hark! The Herald Angels We Have Heard on High (Medley) (3:36)
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas featuring Selina Albright (3:52)
7. O Tannenbaum (O Christmas Tree) (4:16)
8. Silent Night featuring Javier Colon (4:40)
9. Hallelujah featuring Kenny Lattimore (4:14)
10. O Little Town of Bethlehem (4:25)
11. The Home Medley featuring Jeffrey Osborne (I’ll Be Home for Christmas/Celebrate Me Home) (5:24)
Bron: Concord Music Group