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Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication

Read "Linda May Han Oh: Talent and Dedication" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Over the past decade, bassist Linda May Han Oh has been hailed as one of the most gifted bassists, bandleaders and composers of her generation. She is a virtuoso who can swing hard while keeping instrumental grace and precision, structuring her lines through a most free-flowing cascade of ideas. After completing her master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008, she recorded her debut album, Entry with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and drummer Obed Calvaire. In the following years ...

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Monterey Jazz Festival 2017

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Monterey Jazz Festival Monterey, CA September 15-17, 2017 A Feast of Tributes, to Itself, Included The distinctly stunning California outpost that is Monterey has been in the news, and making cultural history, in various ways this year. Over the summer, the 50th anniversary of the Monterey Pop Festival was duly noted and feted with a special commemorative festival. Over in the realm of the tube (the New, Improved TV landscape), the dramatic ...

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Linda May Han Oh: Walk Against Wind

Read "Walk Against Wind" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

On the exquisite Walk Against Wind bassist Linda May Han Oh showcases her unique compositional style that rivals, artistically, her mastery over her instrument and her improvisational prowess. These 11 originals express various motifs reflecting Oh's diverse influences yet a delightfully dark poetry imbues all of them, giving the album its thematic unity. The intensely cinematic “Speech Impediment," for instance, has a languid melody and shimmering refrains. Oh's Lilting, wordless vocals echo saxophonist Ben Wendel wistful lines. As ...

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Linda Oh: Sun Pictures

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Linda Oh arrived onto the jazz scene as a fully accomplished improviser with her introspective and free-flowing debut, Entry (Self Produced, 2010). On the follow-up, Initial Here(Greenleaf, 2012), she expanded her range, drawing upon both the western classical repertoire and eastern folk tradition, as well as experimenting with electric fusion-informed sounds. Oh's understated yet highly sophisticated style is the phenomenal bassist's singular mark that characterizes these records, as well as her third release as a leader on Sun Pictures.

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Linda Oh: Initial Here

Read "Initial Here" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

President Theodore Roosevelt's famous quote, “Walk softly and carry a big stick," epitomizes Linda Oh, the soft-spoken bassist/composer who draws total respect with her intrepid musicianship. With her highly acclaimed self-released debut, Entry (2010), and increased visibility through recording dates and gigs like Dave Douglas' “Tea for 3" Tour, Oh is emerging as one of jazz's bright performers.Oh's sophomore release and first for Greenleaf, Initial Here, reveals even more of her savvy. Expanding from the debut's trio to ...

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Linda Oh: Persevering Against the Odds

Read "Linda Oh: Persevering Against the Odds" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In an arena that is overwhelmingly dominated by her male counterparts, bassist Linda May-Han Oh is going to be a force with which to be reckoned. Her auspicious, self-produced debut, Entry (2009), was lauded by critics, and was one of pianist Vijay Iyer's top picks for 2009. Born in Malaysia and living in New York, Oh impresses academically, having received first-class honors at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts for her thesis, A New Approach to Rhythmic Bass Improvisation, ...

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Linda Oh Trio: Entry

Read "Entry" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

First appearances and sounds can be deceiving. Linda Oh's petite stature defies the muscularity that her instrument emanates--a knotty booming bass that's at once authoritative and free flowing, delivered with momentum and zest. And like the well-noted arcos of Charles Mingus, Dave Holland and Charlie Haden, Oh already has the traits to become a noteworthy player and leader, as witnessed on Entry. Born in Malaysia, raised in Australia, and living in New York, Oh's extensive training included ...


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