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.
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.