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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Intents and Purposes

The conceit behind Intents and Purposes is a nifty one: seminal fusion tunes, rendered in the gentler textures of acoustic guitar (Rez Abbasi), vibraphone (Bill Ware), bass (Stephan Crump) and drums (Eric McPherson). Abbasi’s Acoustic Quartet makes its point handily in one track: Return to Forever’s “Medieval Overture,” one of the era’s most obnoxious recordings. … Read More “Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Intents and Purposes”

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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Natural Selection

Best known for his probing electric guitar work in various fusion and postbop settings, in addition to occasional forays into South Asian styles, Rez Abbasi switches to acoustic guitar for his debut recording with a quartet first heard at the 2010 Winter Jazzfest in New York. The group’s sound, a distinctive mix of Abbasi’s acoustic … Read More “Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet: Natural Selection”

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