Linda Oh: Patterns




Linda Oh (bass)


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Linda Oh (bass),

Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Obed Calvaire (drums)


Composed by Linda Oh.


Recorded: November 25 2008


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

“Patterns” is a title that fits the signature composing style of Oh, and especially on this song, as her compositions revolve loosely around patterns of chords. The song drifts naturally within some broad parameters, and even Calvaire is just going with the flow. You can make out the character of the song, but view it through opaque lens.

With Akinmusire playing in lower reaches of his trumpet as Oh does the same, the mood is somber and reflective. It’s in this unlikely setting that Oh’s bass sounds dominant, not from playing heavy-handed, but with any ability to make each note hang over like a dark cloud and effectively fill space in a trio that lacks a comping instrument.

It’s in this spare, dark setting that Oh shines brightly.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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