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Linda Oh: Initial Here

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On bassist Linda Oh’s latest record, Initial Here, you’ll find a host of mind-bending surprises and taut, 90-degree turns. But this album, her second, holds together well-better than 2009’s Entry, her buzzed-about but impetuous debut.

Initial Here finds clamorous comfort in its almost constant polyrhythmic feel, built on Oh’s bodily way of prying sound from her bass (be it electric or acoustic) and the tumbling complexities of Rudy Royston’s drumming. They form a nurturing core for the album’s quartet, which includes the kinetic keyboard of Fabian Almazan (in whose trio Oh plays) and enchanting tenor saxophonist Dayna Stevens, whose grace in the upper register is among the best in the game.

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