Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Ballads (25th Anniversary Collection)
Can we start calling him Mr. Christmas yet? With the release of Christmas Ballads, I'm quite sure Dave Koz joins the ranks of Kenny G, Bing Crosby and Johnny Mathis as a curator of all things musically merry, and the holiday hits just keep on coming with this beautiful batch of heartwarming ballads. If Dave is Mr. Christmas, that must make David Benoit, Rick Braun and Peter White his special elves, because those three amigos light up this record like a fully-festooned holiday tree!
"The Christmas Waltz" sets the seasonal mood with all four lending luscious licks to this festive favourite. They then embrace "Away in a Manger/Silent Night", lending new light to these lovely and long-established lyrics. Peter's guitar is absolutely exquisite on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", Dave's sax on "Ave Maria" is breathtaking, "Merry Christmas Darling" is highlighted with Rick and Dave performing a playful answer-back and David Benoit brings smoothly effusive emotion to "Greensleeves".
Whether it is a festive dinner party with family and friends or a quiet Christmas Eve in front of the fire, this new album is the perfect partner to your holiday celebrations. Dave Koz has once again produced the soundtrack to a sentimental and spirited season. Warm up some eggnog and settle in for a cozy winter's night with Dave and the boys and some beautiful Christmas Ballads!
Vickie van Dyke
Vancouver's Coolest Vibe