Sunday, August 7, 2016
Concert Review: Dave Koz and David Sanborn at Muriel Kauffman Theatre
Dave Koz behaved like a shameless ham at Muriel Kauffman Theatre last Thursday, but one of his many adornments was spot-on. Koz called David Sanborn a “change agent,” praising his co-headliner for liberating the saxophone from the confines of jazz.
Koz’ insight was accurate. Although it’s called contemporary jazz or smooth jazz, the sound with which Koz achieved fame and fortune isn’t really jazz at all. The music played by Koz and other stylistic descendants of Sanborn is actually a polite form of funk.
Sanborn’s breakthrough in the 1970s was his realization that there was an enormous market for a mainstream adaptation of Maceo Parker’s style. That’s not a denunciation. I am, in fact, a fan. Besides, Sanborn has great taste. He used his portion of Thursday’s show to interpret stylish material including D’Angelo’s “Spanish Joint” and Marcus Miller’s “Maputo.”
Even though Koz’s corny antics were exasperating, I heeded his suggestion to get out of my $35.50 seat in the back row of the balcony to dance to covers of Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers’ go-go classic “Bustin’ Loose” (my Instagram video) and Joe Cuba’s salsa staple “Bang Bang.”
That’s a change agent I can believe in.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)