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Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz

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Any blues played by Oz Noy would have to be a little twisted. Drawing on influences ranging from the classic jazz guitarists of yesteryear to the trailblazers of more recent vintage, Noy's instantly recognizable voice is also heavily influenced by blues and heavy metal guitarists. Two and a half years have passed since Twisted Blues Volume One (Abstract Logix, 2011), Noy's electrifying, knotty and visceral take on the blues featuring an all-star cast of the guitarist's regular collaborators. The format is pretty much the same on Twisted Blues Volume 2 (Abstract Logix, 2014), with old sparring partners joined ...

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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Volume 2

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Two and a half years on from Twisted Blues Volume 1, guitar ace Oz Noy returns with another incendiary serving of jazz-inflected blues. In the intervening period Noy has hardly been idle, releasing a couple of instructional DVDs and touring regularly but his return to the recording studio with his blues bag is certainly welcome. As on Twisted Blues Vol 1, Noy surrounds himself with numerous collaborators--seventeen in total--and no two songs feature the same line-up. Though recorded two years after Volume 1, many of the same musicians are on call here, bringing a large chunk of stylistic continuity to ...

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With Oz Noy

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As a top session guitarist in his native Israel, Oz Noy was at home playing jazz, blues, funk, and rock. Since emmigrating to the United States in 1996 he has been based in New York City where he has become a regular fixture on the local jazz scene, including his standing gig at the Bitter End. He plays a Stratocaster with a tone, feel, and energy that is likely to appeal to fans of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix, but also with a level of musical sophistication worthy of jazz guitarists like John Scofield and Mike Stern. He considers ...

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The Helping Hands Of Oz Noy

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Jazz Heaven rolled out its initial wave of instructional DVDs in 2011, entering the market with a slew of top-quality offerings that showcase modern-day monsters doling out their hard-earned wisdom for eager students willing to listen and learn. Each disc in that batch, which includes outstanding entries from drummer Ralph Peterson, saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi and several other notable figures, delivers something special and different, with each instructor putting their art and soul into their work. These musicians target specific content areas that may be a mystery to up-and-coming jazz students, and they serve an important function in ...

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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Volume 1

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Born in Israel and a New Yorker since 1996, guitarist Oz Noy's star is on the rise with this fifth solo album, amid numerous session gigs with notable jazz and jazz-fusion artists. Ultimately, Noy brings a signature voice to the forefront and his global approach to the electric guitar imprints a trademark of sorts. With his slinky phrasings, odd-tunings and seething single note licks, the guitarist uncannily melds off-center maneuvers with conventional jazz, rock and blues frameworks. His sinewy licks, gut-wrenching crunch chords, ballistic crescendos and strong compositions are bolstered by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Allen Toussaint, ...

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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues: Volume 1

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That guitarist Oz Noy was voted “Best Newcomer" by Guitar Player Magazine in 2008 underlines how curiously under the radar he seems to fly. By then, Noy had already played with New York's finest musicians in the dozen preceding years since arriving from Israel, and had cut three impressive CDs as leader. His fourth release, Schizophrenic (Magnitude Records, 2009) portrayed a multiple musical personality, one embracing jazz, rock, blues and funk in a potent, bewitching cocktail, veering this way and--when you least expect it--that. Noy raises his own bar a notch here, leaning more overtly towards the blues, though a ...

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Oz Noy: No Longer Making Choices

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Oz Noy's Schizophrenic (Magnatude Records, 2009) is the perfect moniker for the Israeli-born, New York-based guitarist. With an array of influences ranging from Charlie Parker to Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Noy melds elements from funk, rock, blues and jazz into his own unique, personal take on modern instrumental music. Noy's solos seem to be in constant flux as he weaves in and out of hard-driving rock grooves, jazzy based harmonic progressions and rhythmically complex, often lightening fast, improvisations. Listening to Noy's compositions and solos reveals a musician that may be described as having musical schizophrenia, but ...

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Oz Noy: Schizophrenic

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While other fusion guitarists have received wider international acclaim, Israeli-born, US-resident guitarist Oz Noy has been working in the trenches, slowly amassing a discography as impressive for its writing as it is his tastefully virtuosic playing. Schizophrenic, the guitarist's fourth release since his 2005 Magnatude Records debut, Ha!, demonstrates considerable growth in both departments. Straddling the jazz-rock fusion line--sometimes leaning a little more heavily on one than the other--Noy's music has always defined by visceral groove, inventive melody, and an effervescent energy that sometimes simmers, sometimes boils.

Noy is also a loyal band leader who's been ...

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Oz Noy: Fuzzy

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As a sixteen-year old guitarist, Oz Noy made a noticeable splash in his native Israel. Since immigrating to New York, he's risen to first-call session status for a consortium of highly-visible pop, rock and jazz acts. But it's his solo recordings that have created the big buzz within progressive-rock circles. With his follow-up to Ha! (Magnatude, 2005), the artist once again aligns himself with the creme de la creme of jazz and rock artistes. Enviable chops aside, Noy helps redefine an oft-missing element of taste, amidst an accessible, groove-drenched realm of music that is engineered upon memorable compositions and enticing ...

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Oz Noy: Ha!

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Guitarist Oz Noy may not yet be a household name, but there are plenty of musicians on the New York scene, where he relocated from Israel in '96, who recognize him for the innovator he is--including bassist/multi-instrumentalist Richard Bona, drummer Jeff “Tain Watts, and vibraphonist Mike Mainieri. Noy's working trio regularly includes bassists Will Lee and James Genus, and drummers Watts, Keith Carlock, and Anton Fig. If one can be judged by the company one keeps, then Noy is clearly someone to keep an eye on.

Sometimes it's interesting to hear artists come to a similar place from different directions. ...



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