Inspired by the birth of his niece, contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz launches his Rendezvous imprint with a set of songs celebrating a father's role in nurturing newborn children.

Inspired by the birth of his niece, contemporary jazz saxophonist Dave Koz launches his Rendezvous imprint with a set of songs celebrating a father's role in nurturing newborn children. All of the participants, including trumpeter Rick Braun, guitarist Norman Brown, and pianist David Benoit, recently became fathers, uncles, or godfathers, and whether or not that gives them a particular insight into recording music for infants, there is an undeniable warmth that permeates this project. Since Slumbers' nature is to provide lullabies for the very young, there is scant electricity in these grooves, but the melodies to such songs as "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Hush Little Baby," and "Isn't She Lovely" are instantly recognizable and provide an enjoyable, if exceptionally laid-back, listening experience. Infants will find comfort in the music, and their parents will probably find themselves humming along as well.—SG

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