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Oz Noy: Twisted Blues. Volume 1

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Since relocating to New York from his native Israel in 1996, guitarist Oz Noy has made an impact on the Big Apple scene with his sizzling, devilishly creative six-string work. Through his longstanding residency at the Bitter End, where he regularly plays with bassist Will Lee and drummers Anton Fig or Keith Carlock, Oz has gradually built up a cult following of guitar aficionados and fellow players. His rhythmic assuredness, audacious tone and note choices and edgy attack have served him well on four previous CDs of clever reimaginings of jazz standards and potent originals.

On his fifth outing as a leader, Noy delivers searing blues-rock fare in the company of bassists Lee and Roscoe Beck (who has worked with both Robben Ford and Eric Johnson); drummers Fig, Vinnie Colaiuta and former Stevie Ray Vaughan sideman Chris Layton; and organists Jerry Z, John Medeski and former SRV sideman Reese Wynans.

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