Oz Noy Trio ft. Dave Weckl & Hadrien Feraud
Oz Noy Trio
ft. Dave Weckl & Hadrien Feraud
Oz Noy – Guitar
Dave Weckl – Drums
Hadrien Feraud – Bass
“It’s jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” – Oz Noy
Oz Noy is the kind of virtuoso who can’t be fit neatly into a box, performing an intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and R&B, jaw-dropping both for his technical ability and the powerful sure-footedness of his artistry. His latest record, Booga Looga Loo, presents Noy’s signature fusion with extended and unpredictable harmonic sensibility, stinging phrasing, and deft musical economy.
New York guitar phenom Oz Noy is that rare artist – one who has cultivated his own distinct voice within the context of classic structures. On Booga Looga Loo, five taut, incisive Noy originals are joined by striking reinventions of material by the Beatles (“Eight Days a Week”, with Lee on vocals), the Beach Boys (an achingly delivered “God Only Knows”), Ray Charles (“I Got a Woman”), and Thelonious Monk (“Bemsha Swing”). Helping to realize Noy’s concept of the boogaloo record is a cast of musicians equally versed in the backbeat and the beyond, including drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, and Steve Ferrone; bassists Will Lee, John Patitucci, and James Genus; and keyboardists Jerry Z and Brian Charette. Other contributors include Kevin Hays, Seamus Blake, and Anne Drummond.
The album follows Twisted Blues, Noy’s acclaimed two-volume exploration of the limits of the blues; Asian Twistz, a searing live set recorded in Shanghai with Weckl and bassist Étienne M’Bappé; Who Gives a Funk, a soul-funk-R&B record; and Ozone Squeeze, Noy’s versatile, accessible trio with drummer Darren Stanley and vocalist and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte.