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Walk Against Wind

Bio­philia Records ★★★★ Linda Oh may be best known for her side--woman work – no­tably with trum­peter Dave Dou­glas and cur­rently with gui­tarist Pat Metheny –- but her stock as a band leader is ris­ing and. Walk

Against Wind (the ti­tle is a ref­er­ence to Mar­cel Marceau’s cel­e­brated mime) will con­firm her as­cent. Oh was born in Malaysia, raised in Aus­tralia and is now based in New York, Oh . She is hardly the stan­dard-is­sue jazz bassist, but her big, ring­ing sound and force­ful grooves place her firmly in the best tra­di­tions of bass-play­ing lead­ers. Of course, it helps when you have tal­ent to work with, and sax­o­phon­ist Ben Wen­del, gui­tarist Matt Stevens and drum­mer Justin Brown add their own lay­ers to Oh’s in­tel­li­gent, ap­proach­able com­po­si­tions. An im­pres­sive next step from a fast-ris­ing star. bio­phil­

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