“I called this album Saxophonic because I really let the instrument dictate where the songs would go,” says Dave Koz, the smooth-jazz saxophonist and philosopher. We, too, think it’s good that instruments dictate where songs go. Therefore, we are hereby claiming ourselves disciples of the Koz. Take us to your fortress of solitude and sooth us with your musings and soulful sounds, oh gentle reedist.
Saxophonic is the Koz’s latest proper leader date for Capitol, following his gold-certified 1999 CD The Dance, plus the guest-laden theme albums A Smooth Jazz Christmas (2001) and Golden Slumbers (2002). Where has the Koz been these last four years? Reading books? Practicing his horn? Composing fat-bottomed jams? YES, SIR! Saxophonic hits the streets on October 7, and according to the press release, here’s what you can expect from it:
•curious experimental excursions into hip-hop instrumentalism