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Django-shift: New Release from Rez Abbasi

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Rez Abbasi’s guitar work shines with a whole new take on Django Reinhardt’s music.

His trio Django-shift features Abbasi on acoustic fretted and fretless guitars, Neil Alexander on organ/synths, and Michael Sarin on drums. The band’s self-titled debut recording is just out on Whirlwind Recordings. The ensemble re-interprets the gypsy jazz giant’s music in an entirely new way as Abbasi delivers his best playing ever.

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Abbasi was born in Karachi, Pakistan, migrating to Southern California at the age of four, schooled at the University of Southern California, and the Manhattan School of Music. Undertaking a pilgrimage in India under the guidance of master percussionist Ustad Alla Rakha, Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of many influences. Making New York home for the past 25 years, he has developed a sound both as a composer and an instrumentalist.

Django-shift features Rez Abbasi, Neil Alexander on organ/synths, and Michael Sarin on drums. Photo credit: Kiran Ahluwalia

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