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Monday, October 02, 2017

Zoe Rahman @ The Lit & Phil September 29

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This concert had sold out weeks ago as the Lit and Phil regular concert attendees were joined by the many Zoe Rahman admirers. Unusually for a jazz gig, we were given a programme with various biographical details of the artist and also the list of songs that would be performed.
After the first medley of tunes had been played, she asked for a programme so she could see what was she was meant to have played; not surprisingly for a great improviser, this bore little resemblance to the advertised list.
I have seen Zoe Rahman several times over the years and I can honestly say I have never heard her play better. Zoe Rahman is a really engaging performer who connects with her audience immediately. The music just flowed and flowed from one style to another: classical, contemporary, free, Bengali and swing all dovetailed perfectly to enthral the impeccably quiet audience who only made their presence felt when they burst into loud applause at each break in proceedings.
After one hour the music had to stop, although we were treated to a single encore before the piano lid was finally closed. I could have happily rewound to the start and heard the whole thing again.
Steve H.

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