1. Good Foot featuring Jeff Lorber
2. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher featuring Kenny Lattimore and Rick Braun
3. When Will I Know For Sure featuring Boney James
4. So Very Hard to Go featuring Michael McDonald and Summer Horns
5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons Rod Stewart featuring Dave Koz
6. Let Me Count the Ways featuring Stevie Nicks
7. This Guy’s In Love With You featuring Herb Alpert
8. Linus and Lucy David Benoit and Dave Koz
9. Can’t Let You Go (The Sha La Song) featuring Luther Vandross
10. All You Need Is Love featuring Eric Benét, Johnny Mathis, Heather Headley, Richard Marx, Jonathan Butler, Maysa, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan and Stevie Wonder
11. Game of Thrones Theme (The Smooth Version) Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox featuring Dave Koz
12. Cryin’ for Me (Wayman’s Song) Toby Keith featuring Dave Koz and Marcus Miller
13. Think Big featuring Brian Culbertson and Keb’ Mo’
14. Apartment 2G: I Hear Her Playing Music Barry Manilow featuring Dave Koz
15. Let It Go
MESSAGE FROM DK:
If you would’ve told me 25 years ago that I’d be here, this many years later, still doing what I love, traveling the world experiencing amazing things and meeting wonderful people… and still very much in the game—I would’ve never believed you. It’s been the wildest and most exciting thrill-ride ever.
A magical and mysterious winding road, with SO many people along the way who’ve contributed and inspired, guided and helped navigate to arrive at this very special intersection in my life. Twenty-five years of wonderful memories and music behind me and hopefully many more years of discovery ahead.
All along the way, the fuel for my creativity has been collaborations with other artists. Singers, instrumentalists, arrangers, producers, songwriters…people from other countries and cultures— there’s always something to learn and some bit of wisdom to gain; always something special to experience when leaving your own comfort zone to find that middle ground with other open-hearted people, unearthing that nugget of creativity that can be so unique. It’s in this special place where the true art and essence of Collaboration exists.
Happily, I have been the lucky benefactor of so many such experiences, having the great honor and pleasure to create music with so many wonderful collaborators these last 25 years. Here are some of my favorites—a 25th Anniversary Collection that, to me, showcases some of the most unforgettable moments so far, along with three new collaborations to take us into year 26 and beyond.
Thank you so much for being a part of this thrill-ride, for going along with me on this journey, and for providing the inspiration all along the way. Whether you’re a brand new fan, or someone who’s been there from day one…none of this would’ve been possible without you.
With love, gratitude and respect…
MASTERED BY: PETE DOELL at UMS WEST
PHOTOGRAPHY: GREG ALLEN
ART DIRECTION: ALBERT J. ROMAN
JONATHAN BUTLER APPEARS COURTESY OF MACK AVENUE RECORDS
BRIAN CULBERTSON APPEARS COURTESY OF THE VERVE MUSIC GROUP
GLORIA ESTEFAN APPEARS COURTESY OF CRESCENT MOON RECORDS
KENNY LATTIMORE APPEARS COURTESY OF SINCERESOULRECORDS/EONE ENTERTAINMENT
JOHNNY MATHIS APPEARS COURTESY OF COLUMBIA RECORDS, A DIVISION OF SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
MICHAEL MCDONALD APPEARS COURTESY OF CHONIN RECORDS
KEB’MO’ APPEARS COURTESY OF YOLABELLE MUSIC
STEVIE WONDER APPEARS COURTESY OF MOTOWN RECORDS, A DIVISION OF UMG RECORDINGS, INC.
MANAGEMENT: W.F. LEOPOLD MANAGEMENT, INC.
BOOKING AGENT: JIM GOSNELL, AGENCY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (APA)
Dave Koz plays yamaha saxophones and rico plasticover reeds, and is proud to be a global ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation—dedicated to improving the lives of hospitalized children worldwide. STARLIGHT.ORG
What they are saying about Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection
“The saxophonist Dave Koz reigns not only as one of the most bankable stars of smooth jazz but also one of the most hospitable, a point hammered home on his new compilation album, ‘Collaborations: 25th-Anniversary Collection.’ Among its tracks is a version of Jackie Wilson’s ‘Higher and Higher’ with Mr. Lattimore (on vocals) and Mr. Braun (on trumpet)…” – The New York Times
“Whenever jazz saxophonist Dave Koz teams up with other musicians, the result is something unbelievably special.” – Riverside Press Enterprise
“Kenny Lattimore’s vocals [on ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher’] makes this lyrical celebration just as electrifying and just as soulful as the original Wilson hit. But it is the tandem playing of Koz and Braun that takes this song into new dimensions.” – AXS.com
“Dave Koz’ Collaborations is nothing if not chock-full of genre-blending verve and variety: Stevie Nick’s sultry rasp becomes a supple chant on ‘Let Me Count The Ways’ and Rod Stewart’s take on the classic jazz standard, ‘(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons’ as Koz’ notes swirl over and around the bridge, is positively enchanting…But Collaborations isn’t only about who Dave Koz has worked with—-rather, the collection demonstrates his adaptability and how essential the saxophonist is as a soloist or with other superstars. So while other acts will fade and flame out, Dave Koz is one that will keep on illuminating, no matter how many others around him shine. Highly Recommended.” – SoulTracks.com
“This collection assembles some of Dave’s best recordings with other artists…’Good Foot’ featuring Jeff Lorber kicks this disc off and the mood is set for a great ride. The playing from Dave and Jeff on this instrumental complement each other while setting the tone for the rest of the disc. ‘(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher’ brings the talented Kenny Lattimore and Rick Braun into the mix on this redux. The vocals swirl nicely around the track while the horns and arrangement build the feel of the song, especially at the bridge.” – 100 Percent Rock Magazine
“Dave Koz’s celebration of his extensive musical career is captured brilliantly on Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection (Concord Records, 2015). The compilation features an array of great contemporary jazz, pop, soul, funk, country and R&B musicians who helped Koz master his distinctive sound, his songwriting skills and his musical influence around the world.” – AXS.com