Dave Koz Announces New ‘Summer Horns’ Album, Tour

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Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot (Photo by Greg Allen)

Mindi Abair, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot (Photo by Greg Allen)

Britt Bickel
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One of the hottest records of the year hasn’t even been released, but already buzz is building over Dave Koz’s newest collaborative effort with fellow saxophonists Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair and Richard Elliot.

Known as the Summer Horns, this fierce sax foursome has come together for the first time to pay tribute to the past great horn bands of the ’60s and ’70s, and the hits that emerged from that era.

“I grew up on the horn bands – Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire, Tower of Power – so I’ve always been transfixed from a sonic point of view on the sound of what happens in a horn section,” Dave said in an interview with The WAVE’s Pat Prescott. There’s never been, to my knowledge, an album that’s tipped their hats to the artists of that era of bands.”

Straying away from just producing a generic carbon copy of the originals, Dave notes that the Summer Horns record aimed to recreate famous hits with their own fresh arrangements of the song.

“Together, we sort of refashion some of the hits from that era from all those great bands and kind have done tributes, but not word for word. In other words we wanted to pay tribute to the songs and artists, but also put our unique spin on it,” said Dave.

Dave tells Pat that with each saxophonist’s distinctive sound and style, the collaboration produced something spectacular when the four hit the studio.

“Everybody has not only put their unique stamp on this project with their own style, but I think collectively we created a new style,” said Dave. “It’s full of life, full of energy and great songs.”

The record is expected for release this June, and just recently Dave has also announced a Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns tour to support the release, which kicks off June 7th in Florida and includes a stop at the Hollywood Bowl on August, 18th.

“It’s a record that none of us would make on our own. It’s truly a collaboration…we’ve come together to really create something special,” said Dave.

For more on Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns project, listen to the extended web interview with Dave Koz in the segments below. Visit www.davekoz.com for complete tour dates and more on the new album.

Part one: Dave explains the inspiration of the album and the sound each player brought to the project.

Part two: Dave talks about the producers of the Summer Horns album, Greg Adams and legendary saxophonist Tom Scott and how they brought their expertise to the album.

Part three: Dave talks about the Summer Horns tour, including the stop at the Hollywood Bowl this August with special guests Morris Day and the Time, Jonathan Butler and the Yellow Jackets.

Part four: Dave talks about the guest vocalists on the album including Michael McDonald on Tower Of Power’s “So Very Hard To Go”; Jeffery Osbourne on Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “God Bless The Child” and more.

While she had him on the phone, Pat also wished Dave a very happy 50th birthday!! Listen below to hear what his big birthday plans are for today.

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