Voted #2 Rising Star Guitarist in 2012 Down Beat International Critics Poll
Inventive guitarist Rez Abbasi takes the pulse of the modern guitar trio on his ninth album, Continuous Beat. Embracing the use of electronics and effects to broaden his sonic palette to a much further extent than he ever has in the past, Abbasi evolves the scope and range of possibilities of the traditional guitar/bass/drums format far beyond its apparent limitations.
“People often think of the jazz guitar trio and relate it to all things historical,” Abbasi says. “That’s not to say that the Jim Hall trio records aren’t some of my favorite albums of all time. But it’s 2012 now and we’ve heard a lot of purely ‘warm’ guitar trio albums. I wanted to stimulate the listener’s aural perception throughout the album – to give them a sense of textural surprise from start to finish that embodies both that warmth and the desire to push away from the commonplace.” Continue reading