REZ ABBASI

Fusion / World Fusion / 21st Century Modern / Post Bop • Pakistan
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Born on the Indian sub-continent, removed at the age of four to the sounds of Southern California, schooled at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz and classical music, as well as 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 15 years, Rez Abbasi is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players on todays scene. He has developed a unique sound both as a composer and an instrumentalist and has honed his skills with performances through out the world including multiple tours in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Mexico and India. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Barre Phillips, Tim Hagans, Marc
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REZ ABBASI Rez Abbasi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rez Abbasi
World Fusion 1993
REZ ABBASI Third Ear album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Third Ear
Fusion 1995
REZ ABBASI Modern Memory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Modern Memory
Fusion 1998
REZ ABBASI Out Of Body album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Out Of Body
Fusion 2002
REZ ABBASI Snake Charmer album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Snake Charmer
World Fusion 2005
REZ ABBASI Bazaar album cover 3.05 | 2 ratings
Bazaar
World Fusion 2006
REZ ABBASI Things To Come album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Things To Come
21st Century Modern 2009
REZ ABBASI RAAQ - Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet : Natural Selection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
RAAQ - Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet : Natural Selection
Fusion 2010
REZ ABBASI Suno Suno album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suno Suno
Fusion 2011
REZ ABBASI Continuous Beat album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Continuous Beat
Fusion 2012
REZ ABBASI Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet : Intents And Purposes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet : Intents And Purposes
Fusion 2015
REZ ABBASI Behind the Vibration album cover 3.05 | 2 ratings
Behind the Vibration
Fusion 2016
REZ ABBASI Unfiltered Universe album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Unfiltered Universe
21st Century Modern 2017
REZ ABBASI Rez Abbasi / The Silent Ensemble ‎: A Throw Of Dice album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Rez Abbasi / The Silent Ensemble ‎: A Throw Of Dice
World Fusion 2019
REZ ABBASI Isabelle Olivier & Rez Abbasi : Oasis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isabelle Olivier & Rez Abbasi : Oasis
World Fusion 2020
REZ ABBASI Django-Shift album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Django-Shift
Fusion 2020

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REZ ABBASI The Bill Evans Guitar Project : Echoes of Bill album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bill Evans Guitar Project : Echoes of Bill
Post Bop 2021

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REZ ABBASI Unfiltered Universe

Album · 2017 · 21st Century Modern
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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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