The Bebop Shop : Current Events: New Jazz and Beyond : Zoe Rahman
There are hauntingly beautiful interpretations of the music of Rabindranath Tagore, Gauri Majumdar & Hemanta Mukherjee, Pranab Roy & Kamal Dasgupta, Hemant Kumar, and Jasim Uddin, among others - with all arrangements by the two Rahman leaders.
This is a rich, vibrant album of Anglo-Asian music, where jazz meets world music, with dazzling soloing and interplay from all concerned, but especially Zoe and Idris (who also leads his own Soothsayers band). The album comes in a delightfully designed gatefold digipack sleeve, with excellent 12-page booklet. (Discovery Records) Price: £13.99
After Melting Pot came a new studio album Where Rivers meet, a collaboration with her brother Idris Rahman and a number of other musicians; this album fused Zoes brand of Jazz with elements of World Music.
LIVE features her fabulous trio (bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo) and special guest Idris Rahman kicking back in the relaxed setting of a live performance and exploring some of Zoes key influences with luminous readings of music from Abdullah Ibrahim and Joanne Brackeen, Phineas Newborn, her own Last Note and intriguing covers from Mario Langinha and Hemant Mukherjee. (Discovery Records) Price: £13.99
Dreamland is her sixth album and her first solo recording. It follows on from duo recordings with Czech bass star George Mraz and British jazz great Courtney Pine. (Discovery Records) Price: £13.99