Exposé Online banner

Oz Noy — Ha!
(Magnatude MT-2308-2, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

Ha! Cover art

Oz Noy is another new guitarist to Exposé readers as he has lately been operating in a support role backing trumpeter Chris Botti (B.L.U.E.), as well as vocalists such as Toni Braxton and Phoebe Snow. Noy has since then made the rounds with David Letterman band members bassist Will Lee and drummer Anton Fig (Golden Palominos). Noy’s guitar phrasing has been compared to John Scofield with some tasty licks similar to Sco’s playing from Billy Cobham’s Life and Times era. But I’d say he also has some elements of Mike Stern’s style too, who also cameos on “Downside Up.” “Say What” seems to summarize all the funk inflections in the band’s style and some brash old time R&B. Noy also demonstrates that he can lead his sessioneers through a moody ballad on “What Love Is” that reminds me of Chet McCracken’s work on many a CTI session. However it’s the cover of Thelonius Monk’s “Blue Monk” that showcases the guitarist in the proper light. On this track he shows mastery as well as empathy for the standard offering new fusion-fueled insight and restraint. Perhaps the most memorable track on the disc is the slow grinding title track where the guitarist sears on an open griddle of nasty distortion. Overall this is an artist I’d love to see sitting back in a New York club working the midnight hours away.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Oz Noy

Latest news

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more

2017-12-22
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cul de Sac - Ecim – This four-piece from Massachusetts offers a free-wheeling neo-psychedelic sound that finds itself at home somewhere between current bands bands like Porcupine Tree, and the experimental music of...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues