This fantastic record’s dour cover—a raindrenched window overlooking an urban thoroughfare—belies the joyfully dense music within. New Yorker Chris Lightcap, a bassist with significant credits with his own bands, ably tackles the tricky, rhythmically multilayered compositions with a woody tone and overarching melodiscism that helps to ground the cerebral songwriting. Circle Down is an excellent piece of modern jazz craftsmanship.
Linda Oh Trio-Entry [Linda Oh Music]
Linda Oh, born in Malaysia, raised in Australia, and currently living in New York, is a 25-year-old acoustic bassist with remarkable gifts. Entry, her debut, is a resounding statement of this fact, demonstrating conceptual maturity and prodigious instrumental strength. The trio setting suits her, as do her sidemen, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and drummer Obed Calvaire. In this intimate ensemble, Oh reveals a conversational compositional voice and a finely tuned brand of collective improvisation that is spontaneous, but never muddled.