Release Date: April
Ever think of what it would sound like if Pink Floyd
joined forces with Miles Davis? Well that is the sound of Jeff Oster as people described
him over the years. Personally I love both of those artists, they were building
blocks to our musical legacy and idolized by generations of listeners. Jeff
Oster is an acclaimed trumpet and flugelhorn player that has been bestowed many
honors over his career. After giving his new release Next a good listen I can understand why. Somehow he has been able
to take jazz, funk, ambient and new age and make it a unique and compelling
sound all his own.
As the curtain opens with the title track Oster starts
things off in the right way giving the music the direction it needs to capture
a listener. Nile Rodgers (Chic) adds his smooth and funky guitar lines to the
soothing sounds produced by Jeff’s horn. It just could not have started any
As the man says-“If you want to know truly who I am,
listen to my horn.” I think that sums it up in one statement and trust me it
plays out just like that on Next. Jeff’s
flugelhorn and trumpet are brought to the forefront of the music by the
talented production hands of Will Ackerman from Imaginary Road Studios. It was mixed
by the capable hands of Tom Eaton and then mastered by Bob Ludwig.
The combination of smooth jazz and new age is a compatible
marriage of sound and without sounding cliché; it’s like chicken soup for the
soul, musically speaking. It’s quite beautiful and picturesque. This music
allows you to shape and mold the pictures in your mind’s eye and I can
guarantee it will be the most pleasant journey.
“Gardens of Varanasi” invokes a spiritual atmosphere,
like an invite to heaven this track leads you down the path to enlightenment.
With purpose and direction the music sets you at ease and gives you comfort.
What I found interesting was the fact that you don’t have to necessarily be a
fan of new age or jazz to find enjoyment with this release. I think the overall
presentation has something to offer every one. It was a challenge to choose
three key standout tracks because each one was impressive in its own right. My
personal tastes were a perfect fit for getting into this album; I love jazz,
all kinds and new age as well so it was like putting on my pants every day, it
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a delicate and beautiful
outreach to that special someone, an invitation to see the other party as they
truly are and decide if choosing to be by their side would feel right. If the
music has anything to do with that, I am sure the answer would be yes.
Everything about the track, the piano, horn, drums and bass invite you in and
make you feel right at home, like you belong. In essence all of Jeff Oster’s
music is special like that. He has created a masterpiece of instrumental bliss.
down into your soul like your favorite ice cream on a hot summer day. You feel
satisfaction and complete joy. This is relaxation and satisfaction taken to the
next level. I am certain this recording will receive its share of attention
before the year is through.
Key Tracks: Next, Gardens of Varanasi, I
Can’t Make You Love Me
01. Next (feat. Nile Rodgers)
02. Night Train to Sofia
03. Gardens of Varanasi
04. Turn Left At San Pancho
05. I Can't Make You Love Me
06. On Mother's Day
07. Half a Cookie
08. Ibiza Sunrise
09. Avenue D
10. The Mystery of B
11. Heroes (feat. Jeff Taboloff)
12. And We Dance
Hannaleck-New Age Music Reviews
April 13, 2015
Provided By New Age Music Reviews