Re: Gary Novak
I've seen him play in front of 12 people at LaVe Lee in L.A. in April 2006 (with Scott Kinsey, Steve Tavaglione and Jimmy Earl). To be honest, I was not very impressed. I did not really like their music which might have played a role as I was not interested by the whole band (they guys are all amazing players in their own right though).
I am not very familiar with his work but I would strongly recommend to listen to his playing on Brandon Field's "Everybody's Business". Great album and great playing.