Reviewed: Linda Oh Trio, Entry
Twenty-five-year-old Chinese-Australian bassist Linda Oh knows more about tension and release on her instrument than do many bassists twice her age. It helps, of course, that on Entry (her leadership debut), Oh works with two of the most disciplined and creative young musicians in New York: drummer Obed Calvaire, whose flexibility belies his tautness, and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, an economist extraordinaire with the most moving tone imaginable. But Entry also works on the strength of Oh's compositions, such as "Numero Uno"—which starts with a sprawling fanfare from Akinmusire before Calvaire and Oh assume command with a steely, take-no-prisoners aggression, channeling the trumpet melody into dark suspense. The trio even makes short, defiant work of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Soul to Squeeze." Entry thus shows major promise for three musicians—but the valiant newcomer Oh most of all.