Sunday, August 29, 2010
Rajiv Halim Quintet/ Live @ the Velvet Lounge
Lest we forget impresario Joe Segal's foresight designating each and every August since Bird's passing 'Charlie Parker Month', it is a proverbial cold slap upside the head to awake, rise and shine! Recognizing the true genius and importance of such a significant chapter and man in America's history.
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet - Natural Selection - Sunnyside SSC 1264
Undeniably guitarist Rez Abbasi is one of the most unusual guitarists today. Not so much because of his style per se but because of the refreshing playing situations he puts himself in. (Admittedly, this writer was never really endeared to Abbasi's music prior to this recording. But prejudices aside I've been won over).