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Sven B. Schreiber I've read the name Linda May Han Oh for the first time in the liner notes of Fabian Almazan's "Alcanza Suite", where she's listed as playing the double bass. However, she's an outstanding composer in her own right. She grants extensive space to Greg Ward (saxes) and Matt Mitchell (piano) to expand their own ideas, but otherwise, the music subsists on its tight and complex arrangements. Besides nine original compositions, this album comprises awesome arrangements of compositions by Charlie Parker ("Au Privave"), Johann Sebastian Bach ("Cancrizan"), and Bill Evans ("Time Remembered"), as well as transformations of two Chinese "shuo chang" traditionals ("Song Yue Rao", "Deep Sea Dancers"). They are so thoroughly reworked that I wouldn't dare to call them "cover versions". Favorite track: The Sirens Are Wailing.
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    1. Aventurine
    2. Lilac Chaser
    3. Kirigami
    4. Au Privave
    5. Cancrizan
    6. Song Yue Rao
    7. Rest Your Weary Head Part 1
    8. Rest Your Weary Head Part 2
    9. Ebony
    10. The Sirens Are Wailing
    11. Broome We Are Here
    12. Deep Sea Dancers
    13. Satuit
    14. Time Remembered
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Aventurine is a translucent mineral, a type of quartz with a shimmering effect, or “adventurescence”. It is most commonly found in the color green. It has been known to symbolize creativity, opportunity and evolution.

Each one of these compositions are dear to me, connected to integral moments of my life and powerful memories that I keep close at hand.

While a handful of these compositions were started and completed within the last few years, the lifetime some of these pieces span ten to thirteen years. Over the years the music has evolved with each performance and the arrangements have been constantly development and refined, to a point where I consider them living, breathing entities that have finally matured into a state where they are comfortable in their own skin.

The first incarnation of this repertoire began at Manhattan School of Music where I first began studying orchestration and composition seriously. I later took advantage of the Institute of Audio Research student program which enabled me to record rough demos with their student engineers in order to further workshop the music.

Some of this music was written and refined during my 2012 Jazz Gallery Commission and since then I have been adding more to the repertoire. The music has expanded and evolved into what it is now.

-Linda May Han Oh

Aventurine made possible with support from The Jerome Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund, The Jazz Gallery Commission and the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation.

All Music Original Compositions except for “Time Remembered” “Song Yue Rao” and “Au Privave”

© Linda May Han Oh Music (APRA/ASCAP)


released May 17, 2019

Recorded at Avatar Recording Studios in New York City on August 28th and 29th 2017. Engineered by James Farber, assisted by Luke Klingensmith.

Overdubbed at Pughouse Studios in Melbourne, Victoria on January 4th 2018. Engineered by Niko Schauble.

Mixed and Mastered by Dave Darlington, Bass Hit Studios, NYC.

Linda May Han Oh – acoustic/electric bass, compositions/arrangements
Greg Ward – alto/soprano saxophone
Fung Chern Hwei - violin
Sarah Caswell - violin
Bennie Von Gutzeit - viola
Jeremy Harman - cello
Matt Mitchell - piano
Chess Smith - drums/vibraphone

Invenio (tracks 01, 07, 08 + 10)
Gian Slater- Director 
Louisa Rankin
Josh Kyle
Andrew Murray
Jonathan Skovron


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Linda May Han Oh New York, New York

Born in Malaysia and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Linda May Han Oh is an active bassist and composer who has performed with the likes of Pat Metheny, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron, Steve Wilson, Geri Allen, Fabian Almazan and Terri Lyne Carrington. Linda has written for large ensembles as well as for film, participating in the Sundance Labs at Skywalker Ranch" ... more

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