After years of mutual admiration and collaboration, funky guitarist/bandleader Cory Wong (Vulfpeck, The Fearless Flyers) and easy jazz legend Dave Koz have introduced the approaching launch of their new collaborative LP, The Golden Hour, out June eleventh.
The highway to The Golden Hour started again in 2018 when Wong posted a video explaining his aim to get the “Koz Nod,” the seal of approval of the acclaimed easy jazz saxophonist. The self-described “web ethnomusicologist” later continued on his quest to change into a profitable easy jazz artist with one other characteristically quirky video tutorial. Along with the “mustache,” “white pants,” and “gold jewellery,” a lot of his easy jazz success speculation revolved across the exploits of Dave Koz (“You suppose you’re gonna be sippin’ ‘ritas on the lido deck of the Dave Koz Cruise with no gold watch? You’re residing within the flawed time zone”).
Within the fall of that 12 months, the Nod got here by when Koz sat in with Vulfpeck at Brooklyn’s Kings Theater. Not lengthy after, Wong and Koz launched a collaborative observe, “Friends At Sea“, lastly bringing the Koz Nod to fruition.
The “Koz Nod” blossomed from there, as Dave joined Vulfpeck at numerous ensuing exhibits (just like the band’s Madison Square Garden debut in 2019) and jumped on a pair of tracks on one among Wong’s eight 2020 albums, Elevator Music for an Elevated Mood.
For The Golden Hour, Wong’s aim was easy. As he explains in a teaser video for the collab, “Once we had first talked about making this album, I believed, ‘One stipulation: I need it to really feel like your reside present, I need that Dave Koz to be represented.’ … [His] different albums have a whole lot of manufacturing parts … The imaginative and prescient that I believed could be enjoyable is to strop again a whole lot of that and put in additional of the work on the entrance finish.
Provides Koz, “Now that I’ve been doing this for thus lengthy, the thought of doing one thing that’s the similar issues simply has little or no enchantment to me. I need to be pushed and pulled into new instructions. I need to get to the studio and never know if I can do it. I need the total Cory Wong with me doing this as a duet challenge. … All being within the studio on the similar time simply captured, like, lightning in a bottle. I’m so happy with it, it’s so totally different from the whole lot that I’ve achieved earlier than. … I consider that [Cory’s] followers and my followers will discover nice pleasure on this music.”
“Recording The Golden Hour was probably the most enjoyable I’ve ever had within the studio. It was additionally probably the most terrifying, however in a great way, as a result of it was all about being weak and having to face alone musical instincts, with everybody jamming on the preparations on the similar time,” Dave Koz explains in a press launch.
Cory Wong, who produced the album, co-wrote 10 of its 11 tracks, and performed electrical guitar, amongst different devices, additionally provides, “Apart from The Golden Hour being one among Dave’s favourite songs on the album, the time period conjures up a picture of a quintessential a part of the day, both the afternoon earlier than sundown or simply after the solar comes up. That second is about capturing heat and authenticity once you really feel so alive and filled with vitality, enthusiastic about what the longer term might maintain. It’s that intersection between night time and day, a transitional second the place momentum shifts from one factor to a different.”
Try the album teaser video and Cory’s amusing pseudo-announcement video beneath.
Dave Koz and Cory Wong Collaboration Album Teaser
[Video: Dave Koz]
In celebration of the album’s launch, Dave Koz and Cory Wong have additionally introduced a livestream present on Saturday, June twelfth, throughout which they may carry out the whole album reside from the roof of a houseboat whereas “cruising Minneapolis’ St. Croix River at sundown.”
Together with the album’s announcement, Koz and Wong have shared a reside efficiency video of The Golden Hour‘s lead single, “At the moment”. Try the video and observe itemizing beneath and pre-save The Golden Hour here.
Dave Koz and Cory Wong – “At the moment”
[Video: Cory Wong]
Dave Koz and Cory Wong – The Golden Hour – Observe Itemizing
The Golden Hour – Observe Itemizing
1. At the moment
2. Getaway Automobile
3. Feed The Id
4. The Golden Hour
5. Junkyard Dunebuggy
6. Little Rascals
7. Household Reunion
8. Engine 71
9. Your Facet of City (Artwork of Key Noise) feat. Phoebe Katis
10. Collectively Once more
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Cory Wong has been nothing if not prolific over the previous 12 months. In 2020, Wong launched eight albums, from reside LPs to acoustic idea tasks to full-band studio efforts. He kicked off 2021 with Cory and the Wongnotes, a spread present/album recorded reside on a soundstage “bubble” final summer time.