Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet In Concert: Newport Jazz Festival 2010

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Set List

  • "Punjab" (Joe Henderson)
  • "Pakistani Minor"
  • "Personal Mountains" (Keith Jarrett)
  • "Up On The Hill"
  • "Blu Vindaloo"
  • "Lament" (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

Guitarist Rez Abbasi has spent plenty of time immersing himself in South Asian music; he also has plenty of full-on jazz chops. In his own music as a bandleader, he treads in the wide space between one and the other. Abbasi's set at the CareFusion Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I., features his latest band, a group that features his acoustic guitar paired with vibraphone, bass and drums.

Personnel: Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar; Bill Ware, vibraphone; Stephan Crump, bass; Eric McPherson, drums.

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