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Rez Abbasi & Invocation – Unfiltered Universe – Whirlwind

Rez Abbasi & Invocation – Unfiltered Universe – Whirlwind

Rez Abbasi & Invocation – Unfiltered Universe [TrackList follows] – Whirlwind WR4713, 50:00 [11/10/17] ****: A heady infusion of ‘creative music with a jazz weighting’. (Rez Abbasi – guitar, co-mixer, producer; Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone; Vijay Iyer – piano; Johannes Weidenmueller – double bass; Dan Weiss – drums; Elizabeth Mihael – cello) Things inevitably must end. With his 50-minute, seven-track album Unfiltered Universe, guitarist Rez Abbasi concludes a trilogy of records with his group Invocation. The band started with Things to Come (2008) and then issued Suno Suno (2012). These three releases have two items in common. They incorporate elements of Indian and Pakistani music. The first project highlights Hindustani influences; the second focuses on Qawwali as a base; and Unfiltered Universe uses Carnatic music as a foundation. All three Invocation CDs also include artists who have garnered a lot of acclaim over the years: Abbasi on guitar, Rudresh Mahanthappa on alto saxophone, pianist Vijay Iyer, drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Johannes Weidenmueller. Cellist Elizabeth Mihael also returns as a special guest. Those who might think this is an overt Indo/Pak-Western hybrid are wrong. Abbasi perceives his subconscious reactions as an inspiration. “I have an intuitive way of approaching […]

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima  – Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima  – Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition – Agrima  – Mahanthappa 60:08 [10/17/17] ****: Taking Indo-Asian jazz fusion to the next level. (Rudresh Mahanthappa – alto saxophone; Rez Abbasi – guitar; Dan Weiss – drums, percussion) “I wanted everyone to think about Agrima as if we were making a rock album.” That’s alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa describing the hour-long sophomore effort from his fusion trio, Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Indo-Pak Coalition. That’s not to imply listeners will mistake Agrima for a rock record. It means the band— Mahanthappa, electric guitarist Rez Abbasi and drummer/percussionist Dan Weiss—has stretched its compositional and improvisational reach, use a heavier-sounding approach and has evolved the Indo-Asian influences and jazz elements. Agrima was self-released as a limited-edition LP and a digital download. This review refers to the digital download version. The Indo-Pak Coalition premiered in 2005 when they performed at a New York City pub, and issued their debut, Apti, in 2008. Mahanthappa is known for working with pianist Vijay Iyer, has recorded with fellow saxophonist Steve Lehman and Bunky Green, and recently became Director of Jazz Studies at Princeton University. Abbasi has about a dozen solo albums to his credit; his résumé includes Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Gary Versace and […]