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Rez Abbasi belongs to an emerging group of second-generation Indian musicians, together with Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa. Won second place in the 2011 Down Beat Critics Poll, category Rising Star Guitarist. This prepossessing guitarist has made a string of worthy albums in recent years, and on Continuous Beat he connects with an especially responsive rhythm team of 15 years: bassist John Hébert and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. Their rapport, and the choice of repertoire, nods to the memory of Paul Motian, a master drummer and composer/bandleader with whom Abbasi had plans to collaborate before Motian s death in 2011.

Rez Abbasi has been forging new musical territory for over a decade. Continuous Beat (Enja) is his most daring recording as it captures him playing in an interactive setting throughout. In addition, Abbasi recontextualizes his Indian/Pakistani musical influences, as well as covers from Keith Jarrett and Thelonious Monk, by employing various electronics. With this multi-textural approach, there is a subtle coexistence between a warm jazz guitar trio and one that pushes perceptual bounds.

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The jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi has had a recent run of strong and thoughtful albums, inspired by one or another form of cultural crosstalk. (Born in Pakistan and raised in Southern California, he has built his career in New York.) Continuous Beat is his sparsest effort yet, an absorbing trio excursion with the drummer Satoshi Takeishi and the bassist John Hébert, sensitive accompanists capable of dancing in and out of step. Mr. Abbasi s compositions for the group are slippery but engaging, and he s judicious with his impressively fluent technique: on Gary Peacock s Major Major, he and his partners evoke Pat Metheny s influential mid-70s trio with enough self-possession to avoid direct comparison. Later they bring sinuous poise to The Cure, by Keith Jarrett, and Off Minor, by Thelonious Monk. And Mr. Abbasi closes with a solo acoustic version of The Star-Spangled Banner, voicing the chords as if to suggest unanswered questions. By NATE CHINEN --New York Times October 26, 2012
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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B0094BDPYY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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By Abdul S. Abbasi on December 19, 2012
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Unique, original, melodious. Rez's compositions and his playing guitar, are identifiable as his own expressions. Varied sounds coming from his guitar are impressive and touching. Drummer and Base guitarist add a perfect fit. Soothing, not jarring. In this CD, which is his 6th, Rez has progressed beyond boundaries.
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Here is a fabulous work from three imaginative musicians who can interact and create engaging music. Rez Abassi is creating very modern jazz that doesn't give up on traditional concepts but doesn't get trapped by them either.
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Continuous Beat is another amazing recording from this master guitarist. From start to finish the tunes are a listening pleasure one after another. Melodious sound of wind chimes produced from guitar is unique.
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According to Maestro Rez Abbasi, a phenomenal guitarist and composer originally from Pakistan, the creation of CONTINOUS BEAT began as follows: `The members of this trio- Rez Abbasi, guitars, 
John Hébert, bass, and 
Satoshi Takeishi drums - have toured together intermittently for the last 15 years. The group came together auspiciously. What makes this album special for us is that it captures our first period of playing together as a trio. Also it is my first trio album to date. In my case the electric guitar presents endless amounts of creating textural and manipulative possibilities. My desire to stretch and think a little "outside the box", or in this case inside the boxes/pedals was key in fashioning a trio sound that is acoustically warm and also electrically charged.'

What happens when these men join in making music is tantalizing, mesmerizing and thoroughly entertaining. The music is solid, unpredictable, sailing on every level, and manages to allow time for each member of the trio to shine individually and enhance each other together. There is a `world music' sense to the music here as some of the titles indicate. The tracks here are as follows:

Introduction
Divided Attention
Major Major
Rivalry
Itexture
The Cure
Off Minor
Star Spangled Banner

You know you're in the company of pros when you listen to this music. It takes you to many places jazz has never taken you before. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, April 13
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Rez Abbasi and his trio's 'continuous beat' is one of the best new discoveries for me, although categorised as jazz it's a great piece of music for every guitar lover.
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