New York guitar phenom Oz Noy is that rare artist — one who has cultivated his own distinct voice within the context of classic structures. His latest album, “Booga Looga Loo” reawakens timeless Boogaloo meets Jazz meets R&B grooves with Noy’s extended, unpredictable harmonic sensibility, stinging phrasing, and deft musical economy. Helping to realize Noy’s concept of the boogaloo record is a cast of musicians equally versed in the backbeat and the beyond, including drummers Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl and Steve Ferrone; bassists Will Lee, John Patitucci, and James Genus; and keyboardists Jerry Z and Brian Charette. Other contributors include Kevin Hays, Seamus Blake, and Anne Drummond.
On “Booga Looga Loo”, five taut, incisive Noy originals are joined by striking reinventions of material by the Beatles (“Eight Days a Week,” with Lee on vocals), the Beach Boys (an achingly delivered “God Only Knows”), Ray Charles (“I Got a Woman”), and Thelonious Monk (“Bemsha Swing”). The album follows “Twisted Blues”, Oz Noy’s acclaimed two-volume exploration of the limits of the blues, a searing live set recorded in Shanghai with Weckl and bassist Étienne M’Bappé (“Asian Twistz”), a Soul Funk R&B record “Who Give A Funk”and the debut of “Ozone Squeeze”, Noy’s versatile, accessible trio with drummer Darren Stanley and vocalist and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte.
Format: CD Cat No.: ABLX 060 Barcode: 700261472607
Bass – James Genus (tracks: 4,7), John Patitucci (tracks: 2,5), Will Lee (tracks: 1,3,6,8) Cello – Dave Eggar (tracks: 7), Marika Hughes (tracks: 3,7) Drums – Dave Weckl (tracks: 4,7), Steve Ferrone (tracks: 1,3,6,8), Vinnie Colaiuta (tracks: 2,5) Flute – Anne Drummond (tracks: 1,2,5) Guitar – Oz Noy Organ – Brian Charette (tracks: 2,4,5,7), Jerry Z. (tracks: 1,3,6,8) Piano – Kevin Hays (tracks: 5) Saxophone – Seamus Blake (tracks: 6) Trumpet – John Sneider (tracks: 2) Violin – Alba Torremocha (tracks: 3,7), Gabrielle Fink (tracks: 7), Mazz Swift (tracks: 3,7)
01. BooGaloo Fever 02. Chocolate Soufflé 03. A Soul Thang 04. Bemsha Swing 05. Booga Looga Loo 06. I Got A Woman 07. God Only Knows 08. Eight Days A Week
"Israel-born, New York City-based guitarist Oz Noy’s motto—“It’s jazz, it just doesn’t sound like it”—echoes across his groove-oriented 15-year recording career as a leader, highlighted by early gems like his 2006 debut Oz Live and 2007 disc Fuzzy. Starting with his Twisted Blues series in 2011, Noy veered into hit-and-miss themed releases. His latest collection, Booga Looga Loo, is also roots-oriented, but with more consistent results.."