SOUND PRINTS: LIVE AT MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL

Posted by: Linda May Han Oh on January 27, 2016 @ 8:15 pm
Filed under: Artist Thoughts

Here’s the first official release of Sound Prints led by Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas with myself, Lawrence Fields on piano and Joey Baron on drums.

It features a two pieces composed for us by the great Wayne Shorter – “To Sail Beyond the Sunset” and “Destination Unknown.”

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“The defining trait of Sound Prints,” wrote Nate Chinen in The New York Times in a 2012 review of their engagement at the Village Vanguard, “is the tangled crosstalk of its front line: an urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency, like a choice bit of dialogue in a David Mamet play.” Chinen added that “Mr. Lovano and Mr. Douglas are two of the leading figures in jazz, with separate histories and only a few points of past intersection… Given that Mr. Shorter is a living totem for both of these bandleaders, it made sense that they would rekindle that tribute, on their own time and in their own fashion.”

More info aqui:

http://www.bluenote.com/artists/joe-lovano/sound-prints-live-at-monterey-jazz-festival

Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra: Linda Oh, Dave Liebman, Will Clark by Michael Cassidy

Posted by: Linda May Han Oh on February 21, 2008 @ 8:12 pm
Filed under: Artist Thoughts

Last night I saw the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall. The first half of the program was mostly Gil Evans and Miles Davis with a smattering of other composers/arrangers. The second half was Evans and Davis’s Arrangement of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.

The original recording is with Miles Davis is something I have been listening to for years, this was one of the few times that I have listened to an orchestra play jazz. Its different; few solos not much improvisation. Dave Liebman did well and it was interesting to listen a non-trumpet play the lead. At a couple points he soared.

I suddenly realized that in my mind I was listening to a quartet: Lieberman on saxphone, the orchestra, Will Clark on drums and Linda Oh on double bass. Linda and Will were impressive. I was very impressed and moved with Oh’s playing; she has got a commanding sound, so much so that sometimes it was a duet. I would love to see her in a smaller setting, a trio or quartet, where she could let herself fly on long improvised solos.