On February 12, Concord Records will release Live at the Blue Note Tokyo, saxophonist Dave Koz’s first live disc. Recorded in Japan in 2011, the disc features a dozen songs, including “You Make Me Smile,” “Faces of the Heart,” “Honeydipped” and “Put the Top Down.” The album, which was originally released independently last September, has been nominated for a Grammy award in the category of “Best Pop Instrumental Album.”
“I feel so fortunate to have spent my professional life on the road, touring all over the world, doing shows for almost 25 years now,” says Koz. “I love it. I’ve gotten to see many amazing places, learned so much, and met so many truly wonderful people. A lifetime on the road … it’s been a real blessing. This CD, my very first live record, captures one magical night of that lifetime.”
Koz’s live album is the follow-up to Hello Tomorrow, his October 2010 debut on Concord. In addition to being nominated for a Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Album,” Hello Tomorrow was named “Best Smooth Jazz Album of 2010” by iTunes and awarded “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” at the 2011 Soul Train Awards.
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