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Although a guitar-organ-trio makes one think of Jimmy Smith and the soul-jazz organists of the 1960s, Rez Abbasi's trio is closer to Tony Williams' Lifetime in its adventurous nature, but with some major differences. Mixing together jazz/rock fusion with his own roots in India and Pakistan plus post-bop jazz and other indefinable qualities, Abbasi has created a unique set of intriguing music. He doubles on the sitar-guitar, drummer Danny Weiss also plays tabla, and some selections add the haunting voice of Kiran Ahluwalia or soprano-saxophonist Dave Liebman. The music sometimes grooves in its own fashion and sometimes it takes its time as the musicians dig into it. Organist Gary Versace is a major asset throughout, giving this unique CD a great deal of personality.


Born: 27 August 1965 in Karachi, Pakistan

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A flexible guitarist who plays mostly fusion but can also handle post-bop, hard bop and standards, Rez Abbasi showed a lot of promise playing around New York in the 1990s. The improviser was born in Karachi, Pakistan and lived there as a baby; he was only three when his parents moved to Los Angeles, where he was raised. Abbasi, who grew up speaking English as his primary language and doesn't speak with even a trace of a Middle Eastern accent, was 22 when he moved to New York in 1987. Abbasi considers...
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