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Rez Abbasi

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Voted #1 Rising-Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and subsequently placed in the “Top-Ten Guitarists” alongside luminaries Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi is one of the most original voices on the current scene. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, removed at the age of four to the vastness of Southern California, schooled at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz and classical music, along with a pilgrimage in India under the guidance of master percussionist, Ustad Alla Rakha, Rez Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of all the above stated influences and genres

Album

Honoring Pat Martino, Volume 1

Label: HighNote Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Inside Out; Black Glass; Line Games; Willow; Noshufuru; Lament; On the Stairs; Joyous Lake; Country Road.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mostly Newer Music Plus Some Older Tunes

Read "Mostly Newer Music Plus Some Older Tunes" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show has a lot of music released in the early part of 2022 plus a few older tracks. Trombones, flutes and vocals are featured. Artists heard on the show include Natalie Cressman & Ian Faquini, Bobby Zankel, Gordon Grdina, Roswell Rudd, Emile Parisien and the Scott Silbert Big Band.Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I ...

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Article: Album Review

Alternative Guitar Summit: Honoring Pat Martino, Volume 1

Read "Honoring Pat Martino, Volume 1" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Each year the Alternative Guitar Summit, led by Joel Harrison, presents a concert to honor a living jazz composer/guitarist. That wasn't possible in 2021, however, as venues in and around New York City were shuttered tight by the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, it was clear that the chosen honoree, the great Pat Martino, was gravely ill and ...

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Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring—and likely recording—career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...

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Article: Book Review

Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players

Read "Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitar Talk: Conversations with Visionary Players Joel Harrison 256 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1949597134 Terra Nova Press 2021 As founder of the Alternative Guitar Summit, guitarist/composer Joel Harrison has gotten to know a lot of adventurous contemporary guitarists: this book collects far-ranging conversations with twenty-seven of them. In fact, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

International Jazz Project, Oasis, On Tour In Eastern US, November 2021

International Jazz Project, Oasis, On Tour In Eastern US, November 2021

French Embassy, DC; JCTC White Eagle Hall, NJ; Firehouse 12, CT Oasis (Enja Records/Yellowbird), the 2019 recording from award-winning guitarist and 2021 Guggenheim fellow Rez Abbasi and compelling French harpist Isabelle Olivier, makes the pairing of their respective instruments sound predestined. OASIS—Olivier Abbasi Sound In Sound—is a rich, acoustic conversation between harp and guitar, offering unique ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook - Companion Mixtape

Read "His Songs - The Keith Jarrett Songbook - Companion Mixtape" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Two hours are so quick to fill and one has to often exclude tracks that deserve attention but for one reason or another (length, similarities to other selections, need for variety and flow etc.) don't find the right spot in the playlist... To remedy the situation we have a “companion mixtape" series when it's necessary to ...

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Article: Interview

Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived

Read "Dan McCarthy: A Place Where We Once Lived" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


By February of 2019, Dan McCarthy had reached the end of his time in New York. “The movers had come and packed everything up, and my wife and son were already in Toronto at my parents' house. I was at our apartment in Crown Heights and I only had a few things, including my vibes," he ...

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Article: Live Review

Alternative Guitar Summit 2021

Read "Alternative Guitar Summit 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Alternative Guitar Summit New York, NY March 20-21, 2021 The Alternative Guitar Summit was founded in 2010 by guitarist/composer Joel Harrison. Every year it has included a Music Camp with Master Classes by notable guitarists, and a Music Festival featuring a wide array of guitar styles. In this pandemic year the decision ...


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