Abbasi, who came as an infant with his parents to the United States, grew up in Los Angeles; Jim Hall, Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell formed successively his influences. He studied at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music Jazz and classical music, then he went to India to be taught by Alla Rakha percussionist.
In 1987 he moved to New York City, where he has since worked. 1991 appeared a first album, which, inter alia, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Werner, Gary Thomas, Peter Erskine, Marc Copland and Michael Formanek participated. Since then, he plays both the fusion genre as well as post-bop, hard bop and jazz standards. Since the mid- 90s, Abbasi operated as a music teacher and composer. In addition, he has worked as a musical director and producer for the singer Kiran Ahluwalia, " Wanderlust " on his album (2008) he played.
On his 2005 album Snake Charmer incurred when the Indian vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia participated, he combined in his compositions jazz and Indian music. He is currently working with his Rez Abbasi 's Acoustic Quartet ( RAAQ ), which includes vibraphonist Bill Ware, bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Eric McPherson. Being with Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kiran Ahluwalia, John Weidenmüller and Dan Weiss recorded for Sunnyside Things to Come Album chose the Downbeat magazine at the best albums of the decade. In addition, it was awarded the Chamber Music America Award.
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- Third Ear (String Jazz, 1991)
- Modern Memory (String Jazz, 1996) with Tim Hagans
- Out of Body (String Jazz, 2002) with Ron Horton
- Snake Charmer ( Arabesque / Earth Sounds, 2003) with Dave Liebman
- Things to Come (2009)
- RezAbbasi 's Invocation, Suno Sono (2011)
- RezAbbasi Trio, Continuous Beat ( 2013) with John Hébert and Satoshi Takeishi
- Bielefeld catalog 1988 & 2002
- Richard Cook & Brian Morton: The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 8th Edition, London, Penguin, 2006 ISBN 0-141-02327-9