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by Jeff Oster

With his newest album, next, Jeff brings his horn front and center over 12 new tracks. With next, Jeff creates a new genre – New Age Ambient Funk – and along for the ride are guitarist Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk) and the legendary duo of drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and bassist Chuck Rainey
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1. Next (feat. Nile Rodgers)
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2. Night Train to Sofia
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3. Gardens of Varanasi
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4. Turn Left At San Pancho
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5. I Can't Make You Love Me
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6. On Mother's Day
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7. Half a Cookie
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8. Ibiza Sunrise
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9. Avenue D
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10. The Mystery of B
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11. Heroes (feat. Jeff Taboloff)
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12. And We Dance
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Album Notes
Often described as Miles Davis meets Pink Floyd, trumpet/flugelhorn artist Jeff Oster returns in a big way with his new album, "next". Jeff’s sound is a unique combination of his parents’ influences of 30s and 40s lyrical standards and his own passion for progressive rock, with some jazz/funk thrown in for good measure.

As a child, his father would sing the standards as Jeff would play his trumpet. His horn became his voice, singing the lyrics. And as his taste in music developed, Jeff began to add his love of progressive and jazz/funk music into his own songs – mixing the groove and the haunting sound of his horn with people walking or talking, the sounds of nature, and more.

After years of playing jazz and funk music in Los Angeles clubs in the evenings and driving a limo during the day to make ends meet, Jeff chose an unusual path for a musician – he became a financial planner at the urging of a friend. As his business career grew, this lifestyle afforded him the luxury to approach his music with a comfort that other musicians may not have. “I have the freedom to play music exactly the way I want to play it,” explains Jeff. “And I get to play with the people I always dreamed of playing it with.”

In 2002, Jeff’s music transformed into what it is today with the simple purchase of a Sony Vaio computer. Creating a combination of electronic synth loops, ambient sounds, and his own flugelhorn, Jeff developed the unique sound that he has become famous for: layered soundscapes with a lead melody and horn arrangements that perfectly harmonize with the rest of the song. When Jeff uploaded his new ambient-style sounds to, he quickly topped the ambient charts there, and knew he was on to something fresh and different.

Encouraged by his online success, Jeff decided to create his first album, and followed his dreams by reaching out to one of his heroes, Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records. Jeff has now recorded three albums with Will: Released (2005), True (2007), and now next (2015). He also released Surrender (2011) (co-produced by Jeff and Bryan Carrigan).

His albums have featured well-known contributors such as Bruce Swedien, mixing engineer for Michael Jackson’s Thriller, guitarist Nile Rodgers, iconic bassist Chuck Rainey, legendary drummers Bernard Purdie and Keith Carlock, and Grammy-nominated artists such as pianist Philip Aaberg and bassist Michael Manring.

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.

With his newest album, next, 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.

“next is about claiming who I am, and who I've always wanted to be,” says Jeff. “It’s why I live. It takes strength and power to step out into the unknown. Not everyone opens the door and takes the risk to try something new, something you've dreamed of for years. And with uncertainty comes the joy of freedom. This album represents my moment to truly make a statement…to claim my place as a musician with something important to share.”

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. Bernard and Chuck are featured on five tracks, including Jeff’s first cover song, I Can’t Make You Love Me, sung by Bonnie Raitt – a song that has always resonated with him, expressing the deep feelings of pain and joy, as well as the openness and vulnerability that occur when you open your heart to love. You can almost hear Jeff’s horn singing the words…

“Bonnie poured her heart and soul into this song, and I did the same with my horn. If she could sing like a horn player plays, to me, this is what it would sound like,” describes Jeff. “My performance embodies the voice of my heart, without words, and that is what my horn playing is all about. If you want to know who I truly am inside, listen to my horn.”



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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky /
Give love and you'll receive the big love
Forgive the others, and you shall be forgiven

“If you want to know who I truly am, listen to my horn” says Jeff Oster. And his words perfectly describe the music of the artist, because he is fully immersed into it. The trumpet/flugelhorn compositions of Jeff Oster are as natural as a breath or daylight. He completely lives in his music and you can easily feel his endless world and stay in it for a while with great comfort and pleasure.

The album “Next” is undoubtedly a new word in modern music. The artist’s style cannot be compared with anyone else. Jeff Oster creates a new genre which can be named as New Age Ambient Funk. And his tunes are full of inspiration, optimism and imagination that give you a feeling of joy and hope for the better.

And there is one more very important feature in Jeff’s music. It brings a sense of freedom. You listen to this wonderful music and suddenly you are aware that you are able to realize your innermost dream. It is really possible, the surrounding world is very rich and friendly for you, just look around.

The album “Next” was produced by famous Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Jeff Oster, mixed by Tom Eaton and its sound is beyond praise. Many brilliant performers took part in the recording of this release and its music is perceived as a single whole, and even more, as a living organism.

“Next” is the best release I have listened to for a long time and it will undoubtedly receive high recognition from critics and much love from the listeners. But I can tell you one important thing: listen to this music, feel its freedom inside, and change your day and maybe your life according to your true aspirations. It’s so easy…


Jeff Oster: Trumpet Genius
Jeff Oster has me elevated into his New Age world with this album, an absolute delight to listen to.


Such a great, relaxing album. The songs are so filled with emotion, and I love the Jazz/Funk mix Jeff has going!

Anna Miceli

Jeff Oster has done it again! He has created a masterpiece that I could listen to all day long!


très relaxant
La trompette de Jeff Oster me fait le même effet qu'une après-midi ensoleillé sur une plage déserte : effet détente garanti ! Cette musique vous traverse et vous laisse dans vos rêves les plus lointains. A savourer sans modération !

Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire

Jeff Oster's Next is a masterpiece of jazz/chill/funk/newage!
Retso Records

Jeff Oster's Next (as in "the next big thing") is a masterful collection of tunes that blurs the lines between jazz, chill, funk and ambient/new age as if boundaries simply didn't exist. It is certainly one of the most entertaining albums of recent years, one that is polished to a chromium sheen by the ace production/engineering team of Ackerman and Eaton (I shouldn't have to give you their first names at this point), suffused with genuine warmth and humanity, and overflowing with a sense that the many musicians on the album had a great time recording it. And what a cast of players Oster assembled for Next! A huge tip of my hat to all of 'em: Chuck Rainey (bass), Tony Levin (bass), Michael Manring (fretless bass), Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums), Philip Aaberg (piano), Catherine Marie Charlton (piano), Ricky Kej (keyboards and bass), Vanil Veigas (sarangi), Nile Rodgers (guitar), Todd Boston (guitar), Taylor Barefoot (guitar), Scott Tarulli (guitar), Carl Weingarten (slide guitar), Shambhu Vineberg (guitar), Britt Thomas Brady (Fender Rhodes, guitar and keyboards), Melissa Kaplan (vocals), Jeff Taboloff (tenor sax), Noah Wilding (vocals), and Ackerman (guitar) and Eaton (keyboards, guitar, bass, percussion). Whew!

Even with all these sterling talents on Next, the unifying factor throughout the album's twelve tracks is Oster's flugelhorn and trumpet playing which, frankly, has never been better. Oster's control of nuance and tone is almost eerily perfect, it's just so sublime and fluid. It doesn’t matter what the music calls for, be it funky licks, soothing ambientish soundscapes, or blues-tinted jazz runs, he is not just up to the task but excels at it. Other than a very solid cover of the classic tune "I Can’t Make You Love Me" (made famous by Bonnie Raitt) and two other tracks ("And We Dance," co-written by the artist and Will Ackerman and "On Mother's Day," a compositional collaboration between Oster and Shambhu) Oster penned the remaining nine tunes which makes Next even more of an accomplishment.

For me, Next excels at one thing more than anything else—creating an atmosphere of laid-back relaxation without resorting to "relaxation music" clichés. Even when Oster and crew "kick it" in the funky opening title track, the expert way the song is mixed (spot-on laying of the drums and bass in the mix) brings the tune in as nicely chilled funk as opposed to a "tear the roof off the sucka" funk a la George Clinton. "Night Train to Sofia" washes over the listener with a flowing jazziness laced with a sense of bluesy longing. The drums and bass impart a noticeable rhythm which ties in nicely with the titular reference without directly aping the sound of steel wheels on rails. Kaplan's vocals cry out in muted fashion like a distant siren song, calling to her lover. Superb stuff! "Gardens of Varanasi" features Veigas' sarangi playing (an Asian string instrument) which casts a subtle world fusion shadow but the mood of the cut is more jazz-oriented by the ending with a mellow beat and Oster's fluid lead melody. Eaton's Fender Rhodes that kicks off "Turn Left at San Pancho" places the cut in a fantastic slightly-retro jazz vein (think vintage era Bob James) and once again, the solid drum/bass rhythm section lays down a solid groove over which Oster plays one of the album's catchiest refrains.

Track after track, Next delights with outstanding musicianship, sterling production, and some of the tastiest horn licks that Oster has ever committed to a recording. "I Can’t Make You Love Me" is every bit as soulful and sorrowfully romantic as Raitt's version while "Ibiza Sunrise" sounds like you would think it would, unfurling slowly over a downtempo groove with layers of synthesizers, guitar and vocals and Oster's flugelhorn circling above it all like a graceful bird gliding over the titular island's coastline. "Avenue D" pulses with one of the more uptempo beats on the album, set aglow with Eaton's twinkling Fender Rhodes' keys while Oster's trumpet and flugelhorn intertwine with a graceful sense of subdued joy. Carefully placed environmental sound effects enhance the carefree nature of the song and Todd Boston's tasty guitar solo in the bridge adds yet another playful dash of spice. "The Mystery of B" slows way down with an ambient-like sensibility, an atmospheric blending of flugelhorn, bass, guitar, piano, and assorted keyboards that flows ever so patiently, slowly building to a mild elevation of drama. "Heroes" is the most dynamic track on the album with Charlton's piano and Taboloff's sax providing the opening mellow passage before the song comes to life with a more pronounced bass-heavy beat and percolating synthesizers over which Oster and guitarist Taylor Barefoot set things afire, eventually joined by Tabaloff before the track ends. Next comes to a perfect ending with the restrained "And We Dance," a beautiful duet with Ackerman playing his trademark warm, introspective acoustic guitar and Oster blissing out on flugelhorn.

When I have to review an album as outstanding as Next, I worry that my praise will come off as gushing hyperbole, or even worse, sycophantic ramblings. However, I would be remiss if I didn't state that Next is flat-out amazing. Certainly this is Jeff Oster's best recording to date (which is no small thing in and of itself). But it's more than that. It is a landmark album that should hold almost universal appeal to anyone who has even a mild love for jazz or chill, as well as groove-oriented instrumental music. Next truly is the "next big thing." I wouldn’t want to be Jeff Oster, though, 'cause I have no idea how he will top this! It's hard to improve on perfection!


Good Album
I really like this album. Next is a perfect mix of jazz and funk.

Rachel C

"Next" is such a good album! I love how expressive the songs are. Can definitely hear the Miles Davis influence!