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Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns

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Inspired by classic pop, rock and R&B bands of the 1960s and ’70s that featured horns, like Chicago, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind and Fire, smooth-jazz saxophone superstar Dave Koz called on three well-known sax-playing friends-Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot (a Tower alum)-to form an all-star section. Their debut project is Summer Horns, a collection of cover tunes from that era that evokes the fun, lighthearted spirit of summertime.

The four demonstrate an obvious camaraderie here; they work seamlessly as a unit, then trade off, their rapport enhanced by arrangements from some top-notch veterans, including Tom Scott and Greg Adams. The foursome takes Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4” on a lively, high-spirited ride, and harmonizes through Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five,” the horns accompanied only by Roberto Vally’s upright bass.

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