In the 80’s he was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene when his first album charted and some 20 plus years on (now with an OBE and CBE for services to music) Courtney Pine continues to break new ground with a string of highly acclaimed recordings and numerous prestigious Industry awards. In April 2014 he joined Herbie Hancock and a dazzling line-up of Jazz all-stars for UNESCO’S globally televised concert in Osaka to celebrate International Jazz Day and his name regularly appears on the list of Most Influential Black Britons.
2014 saw him touring sell out venues and headlining festivals across the UK, US and Canada with his award winning critically acclaimed 15th studio album House of Legends.
Now with his latest project. his 16th studio album to date, he plans to strip everything right back for the most intimate shows of his long and celebrated career as he takes to the stage playing bass clarinet accompanied only by fellow Mercury nominee and MOBO Award winning Pianist, 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.
“I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO RECORD A COLLECTION OF MY FAVOURITE BALLADS AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE PERFORMING IN A DUET FORMAT FOR BRINGING OUT THE INTIMACY OF GREAT SONGS.” Courtney Pine
“Spellbinding, shimmers serenely with a breath taking beauty”MOJO ***
“If House of Legends was the most danceable album Courtney Pine has ever produced, this successor to it is the most reflective and beautiful. Masterly” JAZZWISE ****
“this duo set….is a revelation… a selection of timeless music”THE GUARDIAN ***
“this is seriously good music, beautifully played by two jewels of British jazz” LONDON JAZZ NEWS
“the raw emotion they evoke is sheer magic” BLUES & SOUL – 10/10