Rez Abbasi

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Rez Abbasi
Born(1965-08-27)August 27, 1965
Karachi, Pakistan
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, Indian classical
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
Years active1990–present
LabelsSunnyside, Enja, Cuneiform
Associated actsRudresh Mahanthappa, Kiran Ahluwalia, Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine

Rez Abbasi (born August 27, 1965) is an American jazz guitarist, composer, and record producer.


Abbasi was born in Karachi, Pakistan.[1] When he was four, his family moved to LosAngeles, and at eleven he started learning guitar. He spent his early teens in rock bands, then moved to jazz and classical music. He was inspired at a concert by Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. He studied guitar at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music.[1] After graduating in 1989, he spent a couple months in India studying tabla with Alla Rakha, which kindled an interest in the music of India and Pakistan.[2][3]

He has been a member of the Indo-Pak Coalition and Dakshani, two groups led by Rudresh Mahanthappa, and has played and arranged for singer Kiran Ahluwalia. He has also worked with Billy Hart, D. D. Jackson, Dave Liebman, Dave Pietro, Gary Thomas, Gary Versace, Kenny Werner, Marvin Smith, Rick Margitza, Sunny Jain, Tim Hagans, and Tony Malaby.[2]


  • 1995 Third Ear (Cathexis)
  • 1998 Modern Memory (Cathexis)
  • 2002 Out of Body (Feroza)
  • 2005 Snake Charmer (Earth Sounds)
  • 2006 Bazaar (Zoho)
  • 2009 Things to Come (Sunnyside)
  • 2010 Natural Selection (Sunnyside)
  • 2012 Continuous Beat (Enja)
  • 2015 Intents and Purposes (Enja)
  • 2016 Behind the Vibration (Cuneiform)[4]
  • 2017 Unfiltered Universe (Whirlwind)


  1. ^ a b "With His Band, Invocation, Guitarist Rez Abbasi Puts an Indian Spin on Jazz". Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott (2013). The great jazz guitarists : the ultimate guide. San Francisco: Backbeat. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-61713-023-6.
  3. ^ "Rez Abbasi's Invocation (Performance 2)". Asia Society. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  4. ^ "Rez Abbasi". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2017.


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