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Dave Koz and Friends - Summer Horns (2013)

Saxophonist Dave Koz turns up the heat with a little help from his friends: Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot and Mindi Abair

Eight-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz remembers a time when the summers lasted forever, and the most popular rock, R&B, soul and funk bands of the day were propelled by high-octane, richly arranged horn sections. Indeed, from the late 1960s through the 70s, bands like Sly & the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and other brassy juggernauts of the era ruled the airwaves and opened his young ears to the saxophone's limitless possibilities as a solo instrument as well as a collaborative voice with the trumpet and trombon.

"There are a lot of levels to this album," says Koz. "There's tremendous musicianship, and there's a lot of thought that went into the arrangements. But by the same token, it's primarily meant to make the listener feel good. These are songs of a certain era, and if you are of a certain age, you're going to listen to them and immediately recognize them. It's meant to remind you of a time when that sound was everywhere. This was our chance to honor that era of great horn sections with a big tip of our hat and say ‘thank you' to those who were responsible for it. I hope people feel the reverence that we all have for this music and the great bands that made it."

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