I have had Linda May Han Oh’s “Lucid Lullaby” off her upcoming album, Walk Against Wind, stuck in my head for the last five days. While it still seems a tad too early for me to write up a fawning review about the Greenleaf Music release dropping April 14th, and it will be absolutely fawning, I can at least try to relate to as many people in my orbit about the hypnotic nature of this repeating phrase, the resonance of Oh’s bass, the chirpy intermingling of Ben Wendel’s saxophone, the edgy groove of Matt Stevens’ guitar. In this 2015 live recording from the 2015 Winter Jazz Fest, Rudy Royston is here on drums as opposed to the new album version’s Justin Brown, making for a gentler roll and a somewhat less rambunctious closing solo, while still being a true marvel on the kit with his own share of explosive moments. I’ll have more to say as April 14th approaches, but in the meantime, catch my current obsession after the jump.
NYC Winter Jazz Fest 2015: “Lucid Lullaby”
Filmed by Kidam Mezzo
Directed by Mathieu Mastin
Ben Wendel – tenor saxophone
Matthew Stevens – guitar
Linda May Han Oh – bass
Rudy Royston – drums
Walk Against Wind, the upcoming album from bassist Linda May Han Oh, releases April 14th on Greenleaf Music. You can pre-order it now at her Bandcamp.
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.