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Oz Noy: Fun With Fusion

Read "Oz Noy: Fun With Fusion" reviewed by Jim Worsley

From Israel to jny: New York City to the inner sanctum of our brains, Oz Noy has engaged us along his journey with his commanding depth and flavorfully diverse sound. He is most often referred to as a guitar wizard. As much as that is true, it doesn't convey the level of artistry and compositional complexities that are both the foundation and pillars of strength that have propelled Noy into the spotlight in the jazz fusion arena. His most recent ...

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Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz

Read "Oz Noy: The Twisted Wizardry Of Oz" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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. ...

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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Volume 2

Read "Twisted Blues Volume 2" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

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Oz Noy

Read "Oz Noy" reviewed by Alan Bryson

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, ...

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The Helping Hands Of Oz Noy

Read "The Helping Hands Of Oz Noy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues Volume 1

Read "Twisted Blues Volume 1" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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, ...

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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues: Volume 1

Read "Twisted Blues: Volume 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...

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Oz Noy: No Longer Making Choices

Read "Oz Noy: No Longer Making Choices" reviewed by Matthew Warnock

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 ...

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Oz Noy: Schizophrenic

Read "Schizophrenic" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Oz Noy: Fuzzy

Read "Fuzzy" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

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 ...

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Oz Noy: Ha!

Read "Ha!" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...


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