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Rez Abbasi's Invocation feat. Greg Osby
May 17, 2011
Matt Mitchell (piano), Johannes Weidenmueller (bass), and Dan Weiss (drums and percussion)
Pakistani-American, NY guitarist, Rez Abbasi is an emblematic figure in the globalization of jazz. While firmly grounded in the jazz canon, his sound is informed by Indian & Pakistani music. Recently, Abbasi was commissioned by Chamber Music America to write new music specifically influenced by Qawwali, a spiritual music from the Sufi mystics of Pakistan. Much like Qawwali, Abbasi's music possesses a unique driving force, a broad dynamic range and a group cohesiveness that creates a deep sense of groove. Invocation's new recording is due out this October on the prestigious Enja label.
Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.