We spent part of yesterday listening to a lot of pre-release lead-off tracks among the output of dozens of labels and it was patently obvious which album coming up kidnapped our ears most reading the runes because from The Glass Hours 'Circles' and 'Antiquity' are so fresh and interesting. You can certainly make an educated guess that this album from this vantage point of ''singles knowledge'' is the hottest one for June in prospect. Both these tracks have a whole lot going for them in terms of originality and sheer visceral as well as intellectual appeal. And we look forward to hearing the rest of the record and will make full comments on release. Suffice to say for now this is beyond the nevertheless important thrill of thriving on a riff and finds a place where flow is all in the harnessing of beat, groove and melodic resource in a highly instinctive yet cerebral manner within the crucible of fast unfolding group play. Crucially these tracks also seem relevant experiencing them in 2023 without the need nostalgically to dance to the music of a lost time.
Linda May Han Oh is one of the very best bassists of her generation. In the same superlative bracket as Esperanza Spalding although a completely different player we say that on the Australian-Malaysian who lives in the States because of the bassist-vocalist's work on Uneasy with Vijay Iyer, Pat Metheny (From This Place) and above all on her own Walk Against Wind, a classic of the 2010s. On The Glass Hours a 6 June release to be released on her husband the Cuban pianist Fabian Almazan's Biophilia label (on which Almazan also figures strongly) the Warne Marsh influenced tenor icon Mark Turner experimental singer Sara Serpa and Dave Holland drummer Obed Calvaire also appear. The tracks streaming so far are above. Linda May Han Oh, photo: press