Genre crossing guitarist and oudist Amos Hoffman’s newest release Carving (RazDaz 2010), makes his musical statement in two languages – guitar and oud. From the up tempo, danceable oud featured on Brown Sugar, to the scat influenced guitar on Ras, the tracks on Carving weave between instruments and moods, continuing to explore the boundaries of Jazz. His previous disk, Evolution (RazDaz 2008) features the oud that he built for himself combining Middle Eastern inspired melodies played by oud and flute, and African rhythms played by contrabass and percussion. Hoffman finds common ground and blends into the mix a jazz sensibility that combines the different styles of music, while still keeping the essence of each. Hoffman explores new musical territory with the oud, and showcases the instrument in a unique way.