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Linda May Han Oh Quartet + Concert talk Koen Schouten

Super quartet from New York led by Linda May Han Oh, bassist of the year according to the Jazz Journalists’ Association, who previously played with Pat Metheny.

From rock solid accompaniment on double bass to elastic electric bass lines: Linda May Han Oh has mastered it, becoming one with her instrument on stage. On top of that she is an excellent composer of tunes that seem ‘simple and clear, many with folk-like melodies, but are actually complex constructions involving intricate overlays of different densities and activity, sometimes coming into phase, sometimes gently straying apart’, according to Downbeat in a ****½ review of the album Walk Against Wind.

Linda May Han Oh was born in Malaysia and grew up in Australia, but her music breathes the energy of her current hometown New York, where she became part of the bands of Pat Metheny, Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano. Past summer she gave a wonderful concert at the BIMHUIS as part of the trio of her partner, pianist Fabian Almazan. Now the couple is back in a new trio featuring super drummer Rudy Royston.

‘Her innovative range and stellar improvisations have made miss Oh one of the most dynamic rising stars in jazz today’ (Wall Street Journal).

Linda May Han Oh bass, Greg Ward altsax, Fabian Almazan piano, Rudy Royston drums