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Born in South Asia, removed at the age of four to the driving surf
sounds of the Southern California beach scene, schooled at the
University of Southern California and the prestigious Manhattan
School of Music, and a pilgrimage in India under the tutorial of
master percussionist, Ustad Alla Rakha, Rez Abbasi is a vivid
synthesis of all the above stated influences and genres.
Making New York home for the past 14 years, Rez Abbasi is
considered to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players.
With influence from the Indian sub-continent, Rez has developed
a unique sound both as a composer and an instrumentalist.
Critic Bill Milkowski (Pulse, Down Beat) has written, His
unpredictable phrasing and accomplished writing are what sets
him apart from hordes of other technically adept guitarists.
Rez has honed his skills with performances through out the
world including multiple tours in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and
India/Pakistan. He has performed or recorded with many jazz
greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, as
well as Victor Lewis, Kenny Werner, Rick Margitza, Barre Phillips,
DD Jackson, Tim Hagans, Marc Johnson, Billy Hart,
Michael Formanek, Gary Thomas, Kiran Ahluwalia, Sandip
Burman, Tony Malaby and a host of others.
Rez recently invited his new trio into the studio to record his
fourth CD, Snake Charmer. The CD also features special
guest, legendary saxophonists Dave Liebman and
Indian/Canadian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia and will come out on
the Arabesque Label in May, 2004.
With Abbasi's use of the hybrid instrument sitar-guitar, in the
context of an organ trio setting, Snake Charmer is a CD that
creates a cross-cultural esthetic between Jazz and Indian music.
The result is music that resonates with beauty and
groundbreaking results. Bill Milkowski writes, Snake Charmer
is a fascinating and compelling hybrid -- as organic a
meeting of East and West as John McLaughlin's Shakti.
Abbasi's 2002 release, Out Of Body, continues to garner high
praise from a variety of top music critics and publications.
Rez Abbasi's 'Snake Charmer' - Jazz Standard Feb. 11th, NYC
Rez Abbasi 's 'Snake Charmer' - March 22nd 55 Bar, NYC