I caught Oz Noy's trio at Martyrs' in Chicago on Sunday and was blown away by how tight and rhythmic they were. In case you've been living under a rock, Noy's music takes a thoroughly modern approach to jazz, funk, and blues, and mixes it with a heavy dose of unique sonic textures. I've never seen a player which such a high level of control over his stomp boxes. Noy effortlessly blended vibe effects, ring modulators, and other sounds in and out of his signal in a manner that always felt integrated with the song. Noy's band for this gig featured the crack rhythm section of legendary drummer Dave Weckl, and the always great James Genus on bass - both of whom were outstanding throughout the set as they easily navigated the wacky tempo and metric changes that Noy employs in his tunes. The setlist on Sunday included songs from several of Noy's records including Fuzzy, and his latest Twisted Blues Vol 1, though everything was presented from a fresh new perspective due to the band's adventurous, improvisational approach. What a show. Follow the link below for my photos from this great gig.