Monday, September 7, 2015

Oz Noy Quartet at the Bitter End

Guitarist Oz Noy started performing jazz, blues, pop and rock in his native Israel at age 13. By age 16, he was playing with top Israeli musicians and artists. By age 24, he was among the most established studio guitar players in his country. Noy was also a member of the house band on Israel’s top-rated television show for more than two years. He emigrated to New York in 1996 and has been performing with all-star bands at the Bitter End, the 55 Bar and other venues. Noy's seventh album, Asian Twistz, a live album, was released on March 17, 2015.

On most Monday nights, Oz Noy performs at the Bitter End with established studio musicians in an instrumental jazz funk band. On this night he led keyboardist Jerry Z, bassist Will Lee, and drummer Rocky Bryant. He jokingly introduced his instrumental cover of "I Got You" as "a song I wrote for James Brown in the 1960s," but most of his songs are originals, each with its own funk groove. Noy excelled on his guitar; with little distortion other than a wah-wah pedal, Noy's runs were fluid and melodic, flowing lyrically as his left hand quickly scaled his fret board. Noy also encouraged the other musicians to improvise, and capturing the various textures of the songs, they weaved a strong and intriguing fabric of sounds. Noy has said, "it’s jazz; it just doesn’t sound like it." Oz Noy's jams make for enjoyable Monday nights in Greenwich Village.

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