You won’t have to wait another three years for a new CD from saxophonist Dave Koz. Koz has confirmed that he has already begun work on a holiday CD to be released in time for the Christmas holidays. The as-yet titled project comes 10 years after Koz released his first CD of holiday songs, December Makes Me Feel This Way. His second, A Smooth Jazz Christmas, was offered in 2001. Two songs are confirmed for the new project: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “Deck the Halls.” Both have new arrangements by pianist Brian Culbertson. Versions of the two songs have previously been available through the Best Buy stores’ Sweet Tracks holiday promotion, with “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” offered in 2006 and “Deck the Halls” in 2004.
Koz says the CD will be in stores before the beginning of this year’s Dave Koz & Friends: At the Movies Christmas Tour. "When I think of the most beautiful Christmas songs and songs of the holidays, it’s always more of that kind of intimate and warm and inviting feeling," Koz says. "Christmas music for me has always been like that wonderful blanket that you can put on. It just makes you feel great all over. And some of the songs are a little upbeat and fun, but for the most part it’s like Bing Crosby singing ‘White Christmas’ or ‘The Christmas Song’ by Nat King Cole. Or Ella Fitzgerald singing any song around Christmastime. It’s more about that classic sound that just puts you in that holiday spirit."