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The Best Music Podcast

Jan 22, 2021





The Best Music Podcast #2 | Rez Abbasi - Guitar | Creating New Music and Maintaining a Calm Mind

Voted #1 Rising-Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and subsequently placed in the “Top-Ten Guitarists” alongside luminaries Bill Frisell and Pat Metheny, guitarist and composer Rez Abbasi is one of the most original voices on the current scene. Making New York home for the past 25 years, Abbasi is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Barre Phillips, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Billy Hart, Gary Thomas, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mike Clark, Tim Hagans, John Beasly, Ronu Majumdar, Kadri Gopalnath, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Vijay Iyer, Marilyn Crispell, Greg Osby, Howard Levy and a host of others.

The renowned jazz critic, Bill Milkowski says “Abbasi’s unpredictable phrasing and accomplished writing are what sets him apart from hordes of other technically adept guitarists”.

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Twitter: @RezAbbasi

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0:00 Intro

3:03 Creating New Music, Projects, and Ideas

10:12 Drop Tunings

11:45 Sitar Guitar

12:30 Bazaar (2007)

14:17 Soloing with Rhythm, Polyrhythms, and Syncopation

18:57 Metric Modulations in Compositions

22:03 How Rez Uses Power Chords in Jazz

25:04 Django Shift (2020)

33:48 How to Record a Jazz Record in the Modern Age

38:05 Oasis (2020)

43:56 How to Play Music over a Silent Film

48:52 What is Next for Rez?

52:00 Guitar Sound Shaping Play

53:55 Lifestyle, Practice, Performance, and Creativity

54:06 Lifestyle: Sleep

56:06 Lifestyle: Mindfulness and Meditation

1:00:04 Letting Go vs. Ego

1:02:11 Lifestyle: Finding the Right Partner for Musicians

1:06:51 Practice: What Comes Easy for You?

1:09:44 Practice: What was Hard for You?

1:14:13 Practice: What Time of Day is Best?

1:18:48 Practice: How Many Hours a Day?

1:23:06 Practice: How to Deal with and Mitigate Burn Out: Forced Rest Days

1:28:04 "I Don't Want to Think of Myself as a Professional Musician"

1:31:18 How Rez Deals with Performance Anxiety

Logo, Intro Video, and Branding: Arron Leishman

Audio and Video: Zach Ramey

Video Thumbnail: Jean Tomasulo