Oz Noy, Dave Weckl, Jimmy Haslip
Its Jazz. It just doesnt sound like it. This is how virtuoso guitarist Oz Noy describes his intoxicating blend of jazz, funk, rock, blues, and r&b.Israeli-born guitarist Oz Noy is a progressive and iconoclastic artist who incorporates a wide array of styles into his own work, including funk, rock, blues, and jazz. Having performed from a young age, Noy was an in-demand studio musician by his early twenties. A move to New York City in 1996 eventually led to tours and session work with such artists as Chris Botti, Toni Braxton, Jeff Tain Watts, and others. Noy released his own album Ha! in 2005, followed by the live album Oz Live a year later.Dave WecklDave Weckl is one of fusions most acclaimed drummers, making his name during a six-year-stint with Chick Corea. Weckl was born in St. Louis and grew up listening to soul and jazz; he received his first drum set at age eight and developed his playing by listening to drummers like Buddy Rich, as well as R&B grooves. He majored in jazz at the University of Bridgeport, but left after two years to become involved in the New York jazz scene, also touring Europe with various bands. Weckl joined a fusion group called Nitesprite, where he attracted the attention of drummer Peter Erskine; Erskine helped him get a gig with French Toast, a band also featuring pianist Michel Camilo and bassist Anthony Jackson.Master Plan From French Toast, Weckl branched out into session work, playing on numerous early-80s sessions with the likes of Bill Connors (Return to Forever), the Brecker Brothers, Tnia Maria, Paquito DRivera, Eliane Elias, and George Benson, as well as pop and soul albums for Diana Ross, Madonna, and Robert Plant. In 1986, Chick Corea saw Weckl performing in New York with guitarist Connors and invited the drummer to join his new Elektric Band. Weckl spent a total of seven years with Corea, performing on numerous albums and also appearing with Coreas Akoustic BandJimmy HaslipBest known as the bassist, co-producer, and composer for the Yellowjackets, Jimmy Haslip also recorded on his own, releasing albums like 1993s Arc and 2000s Red Heat, a Latin-inspired set that featured performances from Luis Conte, Gino Vannelli, Vince Mendoza, Russell Ferrante, and Justo Almario. Haslip released Red Heat in mid-2000
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