Etienne Mbappe plays Ronnie Scott’s, 15 April


RONNIE SCOTT’S 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1
Oz Noy (guitars), Etienne Mbappe (bass), Gary Novak (drums)
“It’s Jazz. It just doesn’t sound like it.” This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b.
Oz Noy has performed, toured and recorded with a staggering array of artists including Richard Bona, Nile Rogers, Mike Clark, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Dave Weckl, Mike Manieri, John Patitucci, The Gil Evan Orchestra , Allen Toussaint and Mike Stern to name but a few.
Born in Israel, where his musical heroes were the Beatles, Oz Noy is now based in New York, where the work of musicians such as Pat Metheny, Allan Holdsworth, John Scofield and Al Di Meola first took their hold on him – not to mention blues-based guitarists such as Stevie Ray and Eric Johnson. It was this blend of influences that helped him develop his own unique and intoxicating style, which broke all the rules of instrumental guitar music by focusing on the groove. He soon became a fixture at the legendary Bitter End, attracting such luminaries as drummers Keith Carlock and Anton Fig to accompany him. Another big influence in New York was Wayne Krantz, who inspired him to limit the amount of chord changes he made, thus enabling him to ‘play more stuff’ and not sound ‘like it’s coming from outer space’. He says of his music, “It’s a little twisted in certain areas, but the way I write tunes is all based on grooves and vamps…The main themes are all pretty basic. It’s really not as bad as it seems!”
The Oz Noy Trio also features bassist Etienne Mbappe who is best known for his years in the Zawinul Syndicate. He’s also one the few, if not the only, bass players to play with silk gloves on! On drums is the incomparable Gary Novak, whose list of credits includes George Benson, Chick Corea and Lee Ritenour.

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