Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet


Curatorial skills are key in designing an album’s flow, and from the Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn opener to Joe Henderson’s “Punjab” at the tail end, the guitarist connects quite a few dots on the new Natural Selection. A feisty little gig at Newport last summer still floats through my mind; there’s something unique about the blend of Abbasi’s strings and Bill Ware’s vibraphone, and something even more unique about the well-coordinated dodgeball game he sanctions for his rhythm section. They can get heated onstage.

Fri., Oct. 8, 9 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 9, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2010