An unusual statement to make when you consider this is now his eleventh album for ECM.
I make it due to the presence of Dave Holland and Jack De Johnette.
He does this with a deep understanding of the past and an eye in the future. In January 2015 I reviewed Rez Abbasi’s acoustic album, track, and set the piece up unplugged.
I’d keep on going back to Mr Abbasi’s acoustic version.
You can tell Bates is lucid and on the right ‘road’ because when Anouar Brahem’s oud eventually picks up the theme from him it is as if the pianist has already understood the pathos of the melody.
Kamasi Washington, whose music remains passionate and poignant, exteriorizes his musicality with feeling and manages to attract followers from opposite sides of the jazz spectrum. Rez Abbasi (electric guitar); Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone); Vijay Iyer (piano); Johannes Weidenmueller (double bass); Dan Weiss (drums); Elizabeth Mikhael(cello).He’s positioned himself inside a ‘J-word’ quartet, albeit one that is working outside boundaries.And to complete this act of transformation he has added the piano of Django Bates.It sparks, yet at the same time I kept hearing an electric guitarist trying to get out.I independently hunted out his albums here’s the aural proof, Rez Abbasi is one mega serious musician.
Look, this album has nine tracks and that means nine reasons why you definitely need to check this session out. takes the ears to places they haven’t been to before, whilst at the same time there’s aural recognition of what’s going on.