Oz Noy: Schizophrenic




Oz Noy (guitar)


Schizophrenic (Magnatude PR-2317-2)

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Oz Noy (guitar), Anton Fig (drums), Will Lee (bass), Keith Carlock (drums), Steve Lukather (guitar),

Ricky Peterson (organ)


Composed by Oz Noy


Recorded: November 2, November 21 and December 14, 2008


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Oz Noy’s brand of jazz-rock is descended from the catchy, funky, hard-driving stuff Jeff Beck is known for. The “schizophrenia” is probably referring to Noy’s high-trebled toned guitar contrasting in the chorus with Luke’s thunderous counterpoint. Noy’s favorite guitar effect in this song is the occasional flickering of his guitar’s sound, like he’s got a loose wire in the amp connector. It might be gimmicky but it actually sounds, well, cool. His licks matter more, though, and while it’s hard to pin him down to a distinctive style of his own, they’re clean and zesty all the same.

The credits list is just sick, pulling in some of the most in-demand veteran rock and fusion session players for each chair. These two drummers combined have the talent of about twenty pretty good drummers, and it makes one wonder why were they both needed. That question is answered near the end of the song, when the two engage in call-and-response drum soloing. They mostly eschew the over-the-top theatrics in favor of tasty syncopations and don’t drag it out too long. Good battle, but Fig gets the nod.

Fusion is supposed to be fun, isn’t it? At least, that’s the message I’m getting from Oz Noy.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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