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Oz Noy: Who Gives a Funk

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Oz Noy may be one of the most talented guitarists around, but it’s hard to imagine a less vainglorious album than Who Gives a Funk. The Israeli guitarist invited a slew of A-listers to join his group for 10 straightforward funk/R&B tunes rooted in the ’70s. A party record with mad skills, it plays like an homage to James Brown and his contemporaries.

In fact, Noy’s tight band covers Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” with the help of saxophonist Chris Potter and brings aboard JBs veteran trombonist Fred Wesley for “Come On,” a Brown-like number punctuated by the fattest bass percussion you’ve ever heard. John Medeski turns in a greasy Wurlitzer organ solo on “Flashback,” a tune marked by slippery key changes and deliberately misplaced beats. Robben Ford adds his own guitar solo to “Ice Man,” and Dweezil Zappa does the same to “Damn This Groove.”

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