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
. He considers blues and bebop, "the glue to good music," and his latest release, Twisted Blues Vol. 2 (Abstract Logix, 2013) is an apt description of that musical approach. It is a sonic exercise that flows from the deep reservoir that is the blues, while incorporating plenty of angular and sharp-cornered twists and turns from bebop.
Something is malleable if it can be extended and shaped by hammering and pressure, and in Oz Noy's hands the blues is transmuted into a precious metal that he twists and shapes to fit his demanding artistic vision. On his latest release he is aided by guests who offer an insight into the breadth of his musical friendships and leanings. He enlists the talents of Chick Corea
on bass. Although they had all played together in various combinations, this was the first time this trio had played together. Noy talks about his roots, influences, current bandmates, and we preview his latest release.