Noted jazz saxophonist Dave Koz celebrates a career milestone with the July 31 release of Collaborations: 25th Anniversary Collection. The Concord Records set features 15 tracks culled from Koz’s own previous recordings, projects he’s done with other artists and three new tracks.
One of the new tracks is the set’s lead single, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.” Koz’s cover of the Jackie Wilson classic features R&B singer Kenny Lattimore and trumpeter Rick Braun. Another new track, an instrumental version of “Let It Go” — the anthem from the 2013 Disney film Frozen — closes out the set. Rounding out the project: previously released songs featuring such guests as Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, Toby Keith, Johnny Mathis, Rod Stewart, Herb Alpert and Luther Vandross.
“Some of my favorite moments in the last 25 years have been collaborations with … mentors, and friends and people whom I never would have expected to meet,” Koz said in a press release announcing the project. “And that’s the power of music. It will come up against any wall that can divide people and bring it right down.”
The nine-time Grammy nominee will be performing at the Thornton Winery in Temecula, Calif., on July 11-12. His summer tour also includes stops in Atlanta (July 24), New York (Aug. 5), Las Vegas (Aug. 22), Los Angeles (Aug. 23) and San Diego (Sept. 25).