OZ NOY

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Oz Noy’s style com­bines ap­peal­ing grooves and har­monic com­plex­ity. This new re­lease sees Oz con­tinue his love of old-skool R&B, as four of the 10 tracks are clas­sic cov­ers with ap­peal­ing tweaks; Lit­tle Wing (Eric John­son style with great vo­cals by Liv­ing Color’s Corey Glover), I Got You (in­fec­tious melody), A Change Is Gonna Come (tasty blues licks with slide) and Five Spot Blues (up­tempo stomp with killer solo by Joe Bona­massa). Oz’s own in­stru­men­tals brim with ap­peal; Come On is a fat, Prince-like groover with crisp chops while Ice Man res­onates with bluesy guitar and horn sec­tion call-and-re­sponse ban­ter, evok­ing Al­bert Collins’ funky 70s out­put (Robben Ford’s guest solo is right on it). There’s a strong Me­ters vibe through­out, no more so than in Damn, This Groove that rip­ples with rasp­ing or­gan and thick horns. If you like groove with your fu­sion chops, Oz is your man!

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