Desert Island Jazz
Ravi Abcarian (2012)

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Bassist Ravi Abcarian is one in a long series of jazz musicians produced by the award-winning Berkeley High School Jazz program, such as Michael Wolff, David Murray, Peter Apfelbaum, Benny Green, Craig Handy and, just ahead of Ravi, Dave Ellis and Joshua Redman.

Ravi had been playing guitar for about half his young life when the high school band director challenged him to swap the electric guitar for the acoustic bass. It was a good call: Ravi developed a love for his new instrument in parallel with his nascent interest in jazz.

Ravi studied with master bassist Herbie Lewis, and, after school was done for the day, he'd join the weekly jazz jam sessions at Yoshi's in Oakland, meeting and playing with the likes of Ed Kelly, Faye Carol and Smiley Lewis.

Ravi excels as a teacher: he's artistic director of the Richmond Jazz Collective, and is director of the Oaktown Jazz Workshop.

In addition to leading his own quintet, Ravi is also in demand as a sideman, and has appeared on recordings by, among others, Ben Stolorow, Terrence Brewer, and Mark Wright.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Clifford Brown The Definitive Clifford Brown Daahoud Verve/Blue Note
# 2 Thelonious Monk It's Monk's Time Stuffy Turky Columbia
# 3 Blue Mitchell Blue Soul Minor Vamp OJC
# 4 Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley Nancy Wilson/Cannonball Adderley Save Your Love for Me Capitol
# 5 Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers Ugetsu One by One Riverside
# 6 Miles Davis Nefertiti Fall Columbia
# 7 Weather Report Sportin' Life Indiscretions Columbia
# 8 J.J. Johnson Heroes Carolyn (In the Morning) Verve
Book Either a book of short stories, or else a very comprehensive world history
Luxury Item A grand piano with regular tunings
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