REZ ABBASI — Unfiltered Universe

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3.50 | 2 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 2017

Tracklist

1. Propensity 06:52 video
2. Unfiltered Universe 09:32
3. Thoughts 01:41
4. Thin-King 05:21
5. Turn of Events 11:53
6. Disagree to Agree 07:46
7. Dance Number 08:09

Line-up/Musicians

Rez Abbasi - guitar/composition
Vijay Iyer - piano
Rudresh Mahanthappa - alto saxophone
Johannes Weidenmueller - double bass
Dan Weiss - drums

Guest - Elizabeth Mikhael - cello

About this release

Whirlwind Recordings WR4713 (UK)

Recorded at Systems Two, Brooklyn by Michael Marciano (Feb. 2 & 3, 2016)

Thanks to snobb for the addition and js for the updates

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Pakistani-born US-based guitarist Rez Abbasi is better known from his jazz fusion works, often with a touch of Southern Asian tradition. Here on "Unfiltered Universe", he leads an international band containing such stars as pianist Vijay Iyer and sax player Rudresh Mahanthappa among others.

Differently from his many previous recordings, Abbasi concentrates more on composition here, while still maintaining his high energy sound known from his fusion works. Electric/processed guitar sound is on the front together with Mahanthappa's sax soloing. Drummer Dan Weiss (who has been active in the metal scene) adds more drive and heaviness to the album's music too. It's a pity Iyer's piano is often somewhere on the second plan with just a few solos.

Being a competent work of true professionals, "Unfiltered Universe" lacks compositional expressiveness. Even though they include some elements of Indian sub-continent music here and there, the songs often still sound as a bit dry and too formal and formulaic guitar fusion, not composition-oriented modern jazz.

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