On the heels of the release of his latest CD, Oz Noy is on the road leading a stellar trio featuring the remarkable Dave Weckl on drums, and Etienne Mbappe (seen recently in Bangkok with John McLaughlin’s 4th Dimension!) on bass. I’d venture to guess that many of you have never heard of Oz Noy, so let’s lay some groundwork here:
“Imagine a player with the combination of Jimi Hendrix’s sonic adventurousness, Jeff Beck’s wit, John Scofield’s harmonic sophistication, Yngwie Malmsteen’s chops, and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s tone. Now imagine that player writing and performing music as funky as James Brown and the Meters.” – Michael Ross, Premier Guitar
“ I had heard his record and I wanted to see this guy live. I think he has a fresh approach. He pushes the envelope, but it is intriguingly palatable. It is pleasing to listen to him play, because you get taken somewhere that is not typical.” – Eric Johnson
“Twisted Blues Volume 2 is Noy’s sixth album and his second for the Abstract Logix imprint. It’s a sterling testament to his continued growth as a musician and composer, while affirming his ongoing commitment to clarity, groove, and grit of the blues.” – Guitar Player Magazine, Apr. 2014
Oz Noy started his unique guitar journey in Israel when he was 10 years old, after discovering the Beatles. He was already playing professionally by the age of 13, and didn’t really get an introduction to jazz until a couple years later when his brother started feeding him a steady diet of electric guitar recordings by Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth, and Scott Henderson. At that point his guitar teacher said “If you want to play like that you have to learn the roots – bebop”, which led him to study the work of artists like Wes Montgomery, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Thelonius Monk. And it wasn’t until the early 90’s when he first discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan, who apparently was a “gateway drug” to Jimi Hendrix. Some interesting twists and turns there!
When he emigrated to the US in 1996, Oz started catching the eye of some of New York’s top musicians. Regular gigs at the Bitter End nightclub, with bassist Will Lee and drummer Anton Fig from David Letterman’s Late Show Band, really brought him into the public conscious. He’s now recorded 6 albums as a bandleader, starting from 2003’s Oz Live, up to 2014’s Twisted Blues Volume 2. Along the way he’s managed to be voted as “Best New Talent” (2008) and “Best Out There Guitar Player” (2013) in Guitar Player Magazine’s Readers Polls.
Besides his own albums as a leader, Oz has also recorded or performed with a wide variety of artists, including Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Clay Aiken, Toni Braxton, Phoebe Snow, Nile Rogers, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Mike Manieri, John Patitucci, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, Mike Stern, the Allman Brothers, John Abercrombie, Steve Lukather, Don Was, Nelly Furtado, Angelique Kidjo, Don Henley, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Paul Shaffer, Sting, and many others.
Please come to Siam Yamaha Auditorium in Bangkok, on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Doors open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm. All of this is brought to you by the fine folks at Prart Music Group! For more information visit their website or Facebook page, or call them on +66-2-2030423. And for tickets, stop by one of the many branches of ThaiTicketMajor or visit their website. See you there!