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Zoe Rahman

Described in The Observer as "a remarkable pianist by any standard”, Zoe Rahman has firmly established herself as one of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene. A vibrant and highly individual pianist/composer, her style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician. Born in Chichester, UK, to a Bengali father and English mother, Zoe studied classical piano at the Royal Academy of Music, took a music degree at Oxford University and then won a scholarship to study jazz performance at Berklee College of Music, Boston, where she studied with the inspirational pianist JoAnne Brackeen. Her second album, "Melting Pot", was nominated in 2006 for one of the UK’s most prestigious music awards, the Nationwide Mercury Prize and it also won ‘Jazz Album of the Year’ at the UK’s first Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Since then, she has recorded two more critically acclaimed albums


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Zoe Rahman, Jason Adasiewicz, Vilhelm Bromander

Read "Zoe Rahman, Jason Adasiewicz, Vilhelm Bromander" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Zoe Rahman opens the show with the beautiful writing and arrangements of her latest album, followed by two remarkable recent releases by Jason Adasiewicz. At the end of the set the compelling music of Vilhelm Bromander.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Zoe Rahman “For ...


Colour of Sound

Label: Manushi Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dance of Time; For Love; Little Ones; Sweet Jasmine; Go with the Flow; Roots; Unity; Peace Garden.


Article: Year in Review

Neil Duggan's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023

Read "Neil Duggan's Best Jazz Albums Of 2023" reviewed by Neil Duggan

With a continual flow of interesting releases, 2023 was the gift that kept on giving. Many of these releases were forged during the pandemic, many as a result of the freedom to fully interact with other musicians again and get back to the serious business of creating and entertaining. Whatever the drivers, both up-and-coming artists and ...


Article: Album Review

Zoe Rahman: Colour of Sound

Read "Colour of Sound" reviewed by Neil Duggan

If you have shown your virtuosity on the piano in a variety of live and studio recordings, been recognized as one of the leading lights in contemporary British jazz and won multiple awards, what do you do next? In Zoe Rahman's case, more of the same but expanded and magnified. Most often heard in a trio ...



Label: Destin-E Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Black Water; Smile; Windmills Of My Mind; Ayr Hod Y Nos; Girl Talk; Blue Moon; Motherless Child; What’ll I Do; Spirituality (Interlude); Your Majesty.


Article: Album Review

Courtney Pine: Spirituality

Read "Spirituality" reviewed by Chris May

In the 1980s, as a co-founder of the band Jazz Warriors and with his debut album Journey To The Urge Within (Island, 1986), reed player Courtney Pine inspired a generation young black British musicians, and not a few white ones, too. On Spirituality, Pine teams up with pianist Zoe Rahman, herself an influential figure, for a ...


Article: Album Review

Soothsayers: Soothsayers Meets Victor Rice & Friends

Read "Soothsayers Meets Victor Rice & Friends" reviewed by Chris May

Nobody does it better, so the song goes, though whether the innuendo resonates most strongly with the singer, Carly Simon, or the lyrics's supposed protagonist, James Bond, depends, as it were, on the direction in which the listener is pointing. But whatever. In the context of Soothsayers Meets Victor Rice & Friends, the song's hook becomes ...


Article: Building a Jazz Library

From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics

Read "From George Coleman to Meeco: Ten Overlooked Classics" reviewed by Chris May

The only thread running through this installment of Building A Jazz Library is that of unsung quality. No particular artist is spotlighted, nor any particular genre. There are simply ten, randomly selected albums, recorded in the US and Europe between 1953 and 2021, which show jazz off at its finest, but which, for one reason or ...


Article: Under the Radar

Ill Considered - Reconsidered

Read "Ill Considered - Reconsidered" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

London Calling, AgainAround 2010, the South London jazz scene began breaking with tradition for an alternative union of music rooted in global cultures. It represented a fundamental change in the way young Londoners related to music; the rhythms were infused with hip hop, spiritual jazz, dubstep, funk, groove, reggae, and future soul in various combinations. In ...


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