Smooth jazz mainstay Dave Koz has slated an Oct. 7 release date for his new studio album, "Saxophonic." His first studio album since 1999's "The Dance," the Capitol set finds the saxophonist exploring
Smooth jazz mainstay Dave Koz has slated an Oct. 7 release date for his new studio album, "Saxophonic." His first studio album since 1999's "The Dance," the Capitol set finds the saxophonist exploring various genres, including hip-hop instrumentalism, bebop and electronica.
The experimentalism comes in the "third act" of the collection, on tracks such as "Sound of the Underground" and "Only Tomorrow Knows." The first portion consists of songs with a funkier groove, while the second features Koz playing with a host of guests.
"The 'acts' really represent moods," Koz says in a statement. "Act 1 is about discovery and the early stages of a relationship. Act 2 is like the adventure. Act 3 is a bit more of what a relationship is really about, once you've had your fun and you've moved beyond the honeymoon."
Among those who appear on the set are keyboardists Jeff Lorber and Brian Culbertson, guitarist Norman Brown and Marc Antoine, vocalists Javier and Brian McKnight and trumpeter Chris Botti. Co-producers of the set are Koz and his brother Jeff, Culbertson, Lorber, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken.
About a week before the release of "Saxophonic," Koz will kick off a tour with a Sept. 28 show in Anchorage, Alaska. Lorber, Antoine and Botti will all appear as special guests on the tour.
"The Dance" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and reached No. 12 on the Heatseekers chart. The set has sold 396,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here are Koz's upcoming tour dates:
Sept. 28: Anchorage, Alaska (Center for Performing Arts)
Oct. 2: El Paso, Texas (Abraham Chavez Theatre)
Oct. 3: Phoenix (Celebrity Theatre)
Oct. 4-5: Temecula, Calif. (Thornton Winery)
Oct. 8: Santa Rosa, Calif. (Luther Burbank Center)
Oct. 10: Las Vegas (Sunset Station)
Oct. 11: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Oct. 12: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara Bowl)
Oct. 15: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
Oct. 16: Kansas City, Kan. (Uptown Theatre)
Oct. 17: St Louis, Mo. (Touhill Performing Arts Center)
Oct. 19: Indianapolis (Murat Center)
Oct. 23: Philadelphia (Tower Theatre)
Oct. 24: Westbury, N.Y. (Westbury Music Fair)
Oct. 26: Uncasville, Conn. (Wolf Den)
Nov. 5: Richmond, Va. (Landmark Theater)
Nov. 6: Norfolk, Va. (Chrysler Theatre)