Nominees announced for the 45th NAACP Image Awards
Summer Horns received a nomination for Outstanding Jazz Album.
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Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns (Concord Records) was produced by Paul Brown (Al Jarreau, George Benson, June Tabor). The album, released in June 2013, spent five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and is currently in the Top 5. The collection includes fresh takes on classic songs by Sly & the Family Stone, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears and other brassy juggernauts of the 1960’s and ’70s.
Summer Horns’ first single – a rendition of Lennon and McCartney’s “Got To Get You Into My Life” – spent seven weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart and was nominated for a Soul Train award. “I Got You (I Feel Good),” the follow-up single, was hailed by the San Jose Mercury News as a “funk-filled fun fest” and is already No. 1 on the Mediabase Smooth A/C chart.
In addition to the four-member front line of saxophones, Summer Horns also includes guest appearances by trumpeter/flugelhornist Rick Braun, trombonist Brian Culbertson, and three seasoned vocalists: Michael McDonald, Jeffrey Osborne and Jonathan Butler. Arrangers included Greg Adams, Tom Scott and Gordon Goodwin.
“Summer Horns…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,” said Jazz Times while Examiner.com noted, “Koz and friends join forces to create a truly one of a kind, all star section…Sure, it’s a tribute to summer and good times, but more importantly, Summer Horns is an album about the real power of friendship.” “Dave Koz has taken the time to get the grooves just right…nothing beats the blast and class of a full-horn section,” observed EdgeOnTheNet.com.