There is something really satisfying about discovering a young musician who is filled with energy and ideas. Bassist Linda Oh is one such musician, who plays her instrument with audacious power and open mindedness. Joining her on her debut album are Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet and Obed Calvaire on drums. A trio setting like this makes heavy demands on each of the members to keep the music flowing, and in this case they are very successful. The opening tracks "Morning Sunset" and "Patterns" show the importance of rhythm to the music on this album. The flow of sound created by the arrangement of the compositions keeps the improvisations consistently interesting and surprising. "Numero Uno" was the highlight of the album for me, opening with a strong and deep bass solo, before Calvaire ups the ante with some very fast paced drums and incites some spitfire trumpet from Akinmusire. The end the disc with the album's only cover, a ruminative version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Soul to Squeeze." I really liked this album a lot, the music was consistently fresh, youthful and healthy. If anyone doubts that jazz crosses all genders and cultures, check out this great album led by a woman born in Malaysia, raised in Australia and now living in New York.
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