JISHOU, HUNAN — On my last free day before inflicting final exams to my students, I updated iTunes to version 11, started an NCIS season 1 download and checked out New Jazz Artists.
Bassist Linda Oh caught my eye (and ear). She was born in Malaysia of Chinese parents, grew up in Perth, Australia, and now works in NYC. Bassists taking lead are pretty rare in the jazz world (one example being Ron Carter), so I decided to check out music.
I like it. This track from her debut album is a bit avant garde, so if you’re not a hardcore jazz fan, you might not care for it. Her bass playing is really strong. (I like the comic book style cover art, too.)
This one is more melodic.