His latest, Simplicity, is another stop along this enjoyable journey around the world as he explores not only the attraction of flamenco but the romanticism of Brazilian and salsa music and the beautiful mystique of Japan. In addition to tossing in his own version of reggae, new age, and even country. His beautiful “Forever Dad,” an obvious tribute to the man he cherished, is indeed soulful but hardly “hip hop,” as he tends to see it. At any rate, whatever you may want to call it, it affects and impacts. Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
Here’s a colorful and rather exotic venture into the land of flamenco and world guitar, something with which Nocy Karkour (just call him Nocy) is more than a little familiar, being an accomplished musician who’s performed with such great talent as Rod Stewart, Jon Anderson of the rock group Yes, Kenny G, and Larry Coryell. My focus here on Rise, this “best of Nocy” release, was mostly on his highly charged Latin pieces, Latin music being a weakness of mine. A couple of the more world/Eastern-influenced tunes like “Mirage Sensual” didn’t quite work for me, but they were in the minority, as this album shines a brilliant light on not only the artist’s writing and production skills but on his grasp of diversity, substance, and cultural flair. Ronald Jackson The Smooth Jazz Ride…
Nocy (and his band) has performed each New Year’s Eve for the past 10 consecutive years. In fact, many of our returning clients book their New Year’s Eve reservations only if Nocy is going to be performing… Ryland Worrell, Mgr Picasso restaurant Bellagio..
Everyone present enjoyed this intimate show at Dodsworth in Pasadena, including the people outside on the sidewalk who stopped in their tracks to listen in from a large window at the bar…. Nocy is getting national radio play on KCSB and KPFK and on California Jazz Now Radio Magazine, as well as international television coverage on NBC’s Today Show Weekend Edition, Ritmo Latino, Korea TV’s Johnny Yune Show, and Arab American television. Bradford J. Stein California Jazz Now..