Primary Instrument: Guitar
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 Johnson, Billy Hart, Marvin 'Smitty' Smith, Gary Thomas, Rick Margitza, DD Jackson, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tony Malaby, George Brooks, Pandit Ronu Majumdar, Pandit Kadri Gopalnath, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Greg Osby and a host of others....
Rez is an extremely talented guitarist and composer… unique and surprising. --Peter Erskine
Kiran Ahluwalia, Aam Zameen: Common Ground (Avakado Artists, 2011)
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet, Natural Selection (Sunnyside, 2010)
Rez Abbasi, Things To Come (Sunnyside, 2009)
Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition, Apti (Innova, 2009)
Dave Pietro, The Chakra Suite (Challenge, 2008)
Kiran Ahluwalia, Wanderlust (Four Quarters Entertainment, 2007)
Rez Abbasi, Bazaar (Zoho, 2006)
Rez Abbasi, Snake Charmer (Earth Sounds, 2005)
Sunny Jain Collective, Mango Festival (Zoho Music, 2004)
Marc Mommaas, Global Motion (Sunnyside, 2003)
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