George Whitty - Organ, Synthesizer, fender rhodes, Wurlitzer
James Genus - Bass, Acoustic Bass
Keith Carlock - Drums
Mike Stern - Guitar
Oz Noy - Guitar, Guitar Loops
Will Lee - Bass, Vox Organ
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Imagine Jeff Beck meets John Scofield in James Brown’s band, and you might get the picture
About the Artist
So just who is the bald guy with the weird name? Oz Noy is a guitar wizard from Israel, who started his pro career at the tender age of 13 playing jazz, blues, pop and rock. By age 16, he was already playing with the cream of Israel's musicians, and at age 24, he had already established himself as one of the top studio players. In 1996, he hit the Big Apple making a significant impact on the music scene with his unique sound, combining pop, rock, blues, funk, and jazz into a sound that Guitar One Magazine calls "Jeff Beck meets John Scofield in James Brown’s band." Oz has performed, toured and recorded with broad spectrum of artists such as Chris Botti, Mike Clark, Jeff 'Tain" Watts, Harry Belafonte, Toni Braxton, and Phoebe Snow, to name a few. He has appeared on numerous commercials and movie soundtracks like ‘Auto Focus’ and ‘Undefeated’ (HBO); and HBO's ‘Queer as Folk.’
Sometimes it's a chainsaw in a hotel closet. Sometimes it's an alien bug in its death scream. The sound may vary, but the impact never does. A guitar in the hands of Oz Noy can be a dangerous beast, barely contained. Speed licks, tasty chops, and sonic assaults are the order of the day, all with an ever-present groove. Jazz fusion legend Mike Stern calls Oz Noy "a fantastic guitar player...one of the best I've ever seen."
Oz Noy's Ha! includes contributions from the rhythm section of Late Night With David Letterman's Band: drummer Anton Fig and bassist Will Lee, as well as guest guitarist Mike Stern (Billy Cobham, Miles Davis) and Brecker Brothers keyboardist George Whitty. Check out the bonus video interview with Oz discussing his guitar techniques and an added audio track - "Just Groove Me" - Live with Anton Fig and Reggie Washington. One listen to Ha! and you'll join Mike Stern in the Oz Noy admiration society.