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Chris May's Best Releases of 2012

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Christian Scott

aTunde Adjuah

Concord Records

In 1959, when Whitney Balliett, the New Yorker's jazz critic, published a collection of his columns, he titled the book The Sound of Surprise. The promise of the unexpected, wrote Balliett, was jazz's most precious quality. In a year which went on to include the release of ...

Zoe Rahman Trio: Live with special guest Idris Rahman

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Zoe Rahman was most recently heard on disc, as leader, with the enchanting Where Rivers Meet (Manushi, 2008), in which the British-born pianist explored her Bengali father's musical heritage. The core band for that album included Zoe's clarinetist brother, Idris, and her regular bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo, an American who's long been resident ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Zoe & Idris Rahman: Where Rivers Meet

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The Bengali folk and film music inspired Where Rivers Meet introduces a radical and beautiful new direction for the London-based pianist Zoe Rahman and her clarinetist/saxophonist brother, Idris.



Born and brought up in Britain by a Bengali father and English mother, Zoe Rahman describes herself as culturally “very English," and her previous work has ...