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Disc review: Dave Koz and Friends, “The 25th of December”


Dave Koz and Friends

The 25th of December


Three stars

I want Dave Koz and his friends to come to my house for Christmas. The pictures are amazing: people sitting around with glasses of bubbly, laughing as Koz blows that sax. And the friends! Johnny Mathis sings “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Jonathan Butler sings a curlicued, luxuriously slow “O Holy Night,” accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Gloria Estefan sings “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Fantasia goes overboard on “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.” Throw another log on the fire.

Unfortunately if you read the fine print, as I did while wallowing in Kenny G playing “Let It Snow,” it suggests that the friends were all recorded in various studios. Oh well. I am in denial. I prefer to go with Koz’s version of events: “I invited some wonderfully talented friends over – we ate, we drank, we reminisced, and then we retired to the living room, sat around the piano, and sang some songs – first, each duet partner and me, then, before the party was over, we all came together for one last song, the Beatles’ gem “All You Need Is Love.’”

– Mary Kunz Goldman

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