Mercury-nominated jazz pianist forges a personal style
This article is from 2007.
The success of pianist Zoe Rahman’s Mercury Prize-nominated album Melting Pot last year propelled her into the national jazz consciousness, and has now led to the re-issue of her earlier disc, The Cynic, originally released in 2001. Like Melting Pot, it was recorded with a trio, and featured seven original compositions that she had been developing over as much as a decade before she committed them to disc.
The pianist describes the album as ‘really a snapshot of the time and place, how I sounded back then.’ This Edinburgh Jazz Festival concert will provide an opportunity to catch up with how she sounds now. Her influences are broad-ranging, and that ability to find an original and personal voice from a mosaic of diverse sources is indicative of her belief that ‘being a jazz musician means that you should be able to take things from any playing situation and make them your own.’
Bosco Theatre, 473 2000, 4 Aug, 7.30pm, £12.