Linda Oh: Initial Here [Greenleaf Music]

Gotham-based Linda Oh, a fast-emerging presence on upright, pushes the rhythmic, sonic, and cultural edges of jazz on her stellar sophomore effort.
By Chris Jisi ,

Gotham-based Linda Oh, a fast-emerging presence on upright, pushes the rhythmic, sonic, and cultural edges of jazz on her stellar sophomore effort. Oh charges out of the gate with the compelling ostinato of “Ultimate Persona” and a smart, straightahead pairing of Bernstein and Debussy on “Something’s Coming/Les Cinq Doigts,” before gripping her bow and overdubbing bassoon on the poignant Mandarin vocal ballad, “Thicker.” Turning to electric bass (with timbrematching Rhodes), she provides a probing, Swallow-esque presence on “Little House” and “Deeper Than Happy.” Add in expressive, arching acoustic solos on “#1 Hit” and Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” and Oh and her young quartet are a free-wheeling force to be reckoned with.