With his latest too commercial offerings, the 45 year old handsome saxman has embraced the mainstream and the most beaten market/chart MOR path, loosing some of his edge and inspiration, in contradiction with the title of one of his best albums Off the Beaten Path.
But, despite all that, I have to admit that I've been a huge fan of saxophonist Dave Koz for quite some time.
I've seen him in concert quite a number of times.
On long car rides, when you feel lonely and in need of something entertaining or soothing, on a very special dinner, with the person you love, his music has been there time and time again.
In fact, for nearly two decades, the popular musician and composer has been delighting and enthralling legions of fans with his music. And now, with his latest album, Koz reflects upon his career by highlighting eleven of his greatest and most popular songs.
From the first track to the last, Dave Koz "Greatest Hits" is a tour de force.
Although the album is packed with Koz classics, documenting a career with incredible longevity and diversity, it also provides a sneak preview of Dave's next chapter with four brand new compositions, including one particular track that has the potential to become one of the biggest hits of the talented sax master's career.
"Life In The Fast Lane" the first single, in fact, was most added for three consecutive weeks and is already at No. 12 on the charts.
"I wrote it with Darren Rahn, one of the great up-and-coming writer/producers of today, and it reminds me of the pace my life has taken over the past 18 years" he says. "It certainly feels like I've been traveling in the fast lane... and absolutely enjoying every bit of the ride".
Other highlights: "Bada Bing", "Can't Let You Go (The Sha La Song)" and "I Can" with gospel singer BeBe Winans.
The album debuts at # 1 on The Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz and # 184 on the Billboard 200 Chart.
Issue date: 2008.10.4
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