Linda Oh Trio -][- ENTRY – [Linda Oh Trio, 2009]
Innovative, powerful musical statement using this unique trio – never lacking in energy or emotion . This is a concept album featuring clever compositions that include a blend of mixed meters, modern jazz, free improv and elements of rock.
The title of Linda Oh’s debut CD, Entry, describes not only her emergence as a leader, but her arrival amongst the ranks of bassists
who step out of the sidelines into the spotlight with a strong, cohesive vision. Alongside Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and drummer Obed Calvaire, Oh offers a compelling three-way conversation in which she serves as both equal voice and steely anchor.
“So many musicians want to do everything with their first album,” Oh says. “Especially bass players who play upright and electric – Here’s me doing a funk tune, here’s me doing a swing tune… I wanted to steer completely clear of that and have something kind of raw as well as challenging. Basically, I knew I wanted to do something different.”
Though she achieves that goal musically throughout Entry, Oh’s backstory alone ensures her uniqueness, even on the globally-oriented New York scene. Born in Malaysia to Chinese parents and raised in Western Australia, she arrived in NYC three years ago having followed a circuitous route, culturally and musically. —CDBaby
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