Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jeff Oster...Californian trumpet/flugelhorm artist meets Miles Davis with Pink Floyd

Trumpeter Jeff Oster’s fourth album, next, is a holistic exploration of having the strength and the power to step into the unknown. Jeff’s sound is a unique combination of his parents’ influences of 30's and 40's lyrical standards and his own passion for progressive rock, with some jazz/funk thrown in for good measure. Jeff’s horn playing is cerebral as it takes listeners out of their everyday humdrum lives and into an elevated state of mind. 

With this new album Jeff brings his horn front and center – you'll hear his unmistakable tone floating over these 12 new tracks like never before. For Jeff, this album is about rebirth and change, and tells the story of what’s next for him, both as a musician and in his life.

With next, Jeff creates a new genre – New Age Ambient Funk – and along for the ride are guitarist Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Madonna) on the title track, and five songs created during a legendary session with the duo of drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and bassist Chuck Rainey – musicians that he has adored for generations.

Jeff’s music has earned numerous awards such as ZMR Album of the Year (3x winner), multiple #1 albums on NPR’s Echoes, and 2x winner of Best New Age Song in the Independent Music Awards. His music receives steady airplay on Sirius/XM, Music Choice, and a variety of other programs worldwide.

"I have recorded many of the world's greatest trumpet and flugelhorn players. In fact, some of the most important that music has to offer…talk about tone, intonation, phrasing and all things wonderful about the instrument, Jeff has it all..." Bruce Swedien (Engineer of Michael Jackson’s THRILLER)

Marty's review: Jeff Oster's new release "next", is a jazz soundscape that combines jazz textures with ambient and new age elements. There is so much I can say about this album that I don't know where to start. It surrounds the listener with an uncluttered sound that is not overpowering and is mostly down-tempo without being "laid back". Jeff's trumpet/flugelhorn playing is surreal at times but shines throughout. Call it "progressive jazz" if you like, but this is one album that will leave you discovering new moments with each subsequent play. It could be used as a soundtrack to a very dramatic movie as it produces colorful visuals in the mind. Think of it as a journey through a musical landscape that passes through several types of terrain.


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