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At Last

by Jeff Oster

*** A CD Baby Editor's Pick for Smooth Jazz*** - produced by Will Ackerman, Grammy award winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records, Jeff's mellow trumpet and flugelhorn will take you places, make you smile, and maybe even cry a little.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Matt's Mood
5:54 $0.99
2. Big Sur
6:14 $0.99
3. Haleakala
4:29 $0.99
4. At Last
3:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
Retso Records is pleased to announce that Jeff Oster's new full length CD - RELEASED - is now available!

Check out and hear all nine tracks!
Retso Records is proud to announce the release of Jeff Oster's EP - AT LAST.

Produced by Will Ackerman, guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records, and recorded at Will's Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont, Jeff was joined by Happy Rhodes, T. Bone Wolk, Charlie Bisharat, Philip Aaberg and other fine artists on these sessions.

We hope you enjoy listening to this music as much as we did creating it.

And as you listen, imagine...

Jeff Oster

*** A Note from Will Ackerman ***

People grow older and leave their dreams behind. It happens all the time. Life becomes more about the day to day, the responsibilities we gladly, even happily, accept.

What struck me about Jeff when we met was his unwillingness to go silently into that good night. Always alive, Jeff became more animated and passionate with every note we recorded.

That he has the talent in his playing was never in question. That he has the capacity to write and arrange utterly contemporary music is perhaps more surprising but also a given with him.

It's the fact that he would not let go of what moves him that is so remarkable. Jeff did not leave his dreams behind and the proof of it is contained in the passion and brilliance of these pieces.

Will Ackerman
Windham County, Vermont

Track Listing:

Matt's Mood - 5:54
Written and Arranged by Jeff Oster
Published by Retso Music (ASCAP)

Jeff Oster - Flugelhorn and Trumpet, Synthesizers and Percussion
Philip Aaberg - Synthesizer
Jeremy Mendicino - Guitar
Happy Rhodes - Vocals
Bryan Carrigan - Drum Programming
Lindsay, Caroline and Lauren Doyle - Themselves
Engineered by Bryan Carrigan
Arranged by Jeff Oster
© 2004 Jeff Oster

Big Sur - 6:14
Written by Jeff Oster
Published by Retso Music (ASCAP)

Jeff Oster - Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Synthesizer
T. Bone Wolk - Guitars (Acoustic, Electric and Bass)
Philip Aaberg - Synthesizer
Charlie Bisharat - Violin
Bryan Carrigan - Drum Programming and Percussion
Engineered by Bryan Carrigan
© 2004 Jeff Oster

Haleakala - 4:29
Written by Jeff Oster and Philip Aaberg
Published by Retso Music (ASCAP) and Big Open Music (ASCAP)

Jeff Oster - Flugelhorn
Happy Rhodes - Vocals
Philip Aaberg - Synthesizers
Bryan Carrigan- Drum Programming and Percussion
Jeremy Mendicino - Guitar
Engineered by Bryan Carrigan
Additional Mixing by Corin Nelsen
© 2004 Jeff Oster and Philip Aaberg

At Last - 3:16
Written by Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman
Published by Retso Music (ASCAP) and Beautiful Daughter Music (ASCAP)

Jeff Oster - Flugelhorn and Trumpet
Will Ackerman - Parlor and Acoustic Guitars
T. Bone Wolk - Bass
Happy Rhodes - Vocals
Engineered by Bryan Carrigan
© 2004 Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman

Mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering - Studio City, CA.

Produced by Will Ackerman



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Bob Rosso

With independent artists like Jeff and great sites like CD Baby, who needs the b
A mix of Yani and a twist of Chris Botti and, At Last, we have musical content worth listening to. Everything about this CD lives up to the category that I discovered it in on the CD Baby site. The music is inspiring, uplifting and soothing enough to dine, relax, love, or sleep by. This is one CD where fewer is better. Better to have purchased a CD where every song is performed perfectly than to have one with 10 tracks of fluff. Jim, keep it simple, keep it beautiful and keep it coming. Great talent.


Excellent CD, But Only 4 tracks?
This is an excellent CD, I was very impressed with it. My only complaint would be the overall length . . . rather short!

Frank Jackson, Sunjada Production

The spirit of independent artists lives on!
In listening to mainstream radio, it is easy to believe that the artists you hear 10 times a day are the only talented musicians out here. This music certainly represents the triumph of the human spirit and has inspired me to continue to perfect my own craft. Jeff Oster? Good Work!..and CD Baby? Thanks for helping to keep the independent spirit alive!

Laryssa Robideau

Beautiful! Truly wonderful music!
The only thing dissapointing about this CD is that it is not long enough. It leaves you wanting MORE! I listened -after taking a chance on this artist, and I was delightfully surprised by the beautiful music I heard. Track 3 is especially nice. The vocals are not overwhelming but add the right touch of elegance to enhance the piece. It is actually one of the most gorgeous songs I have ever heard. Keep making this music. It is wonderful!

Bill Binkelman - Wind and Wire

When an EP leaves you wanting more, it’s a solid indication just how good it is.
Anytime you have Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records) vouching for you, music reviewers will pay attention. I was into just the first minute of trumpet player Jeff Oster’s new EP, At Last, and I didn’t need Mr. Ackerman’s endorsement to reinforce that here was a very talented guy. Oster, who also plays flugelhorn, a little synth and percussion, in addition to trumpet, is accompanied on the EP by some major talent, including Philip Aaberg (synthesizer), Happy Rhodes (vocals), Charlie Bisharat (violin), T-Bone Wolk (guitars and bass) and the estimable Mr. Ackerman himself (guitar, natch’). There are few others in the mix, too. With that crew, dear reader, you should be clued in that this is not your garden variety EP.

Okay, so you know I love the music, but what does it sound like? Well, there are four tracks on the EP (about twenty minutes total). “Matt’s Mood” starts things off with a mellow rhythmic blend of mild electronica (courtesy of tasty synthesizer textures and superb drum programming) and jazzy horn work by Oster (after the bridge, Jeremy Mendocino contributes some nice guitar work, too). The trumpet is nicely echoed as it floats over the beats and the synths. Happy Rhodes’ vocals are of the wordless type, although Ms. Rhodes (whom it was wonderful to hear from again) is no mere “filler” vocalist, in case you’re aren’t familiar with her amazing voice.

Next up is “Big Sur,” ushered in by neo-classical violin from Bisharat; but Wolk’s laid-back guitar soon melds into muted slow tempo ambient beats and liquid synths, eventually joined by Oster’s soulful trumpet, painting a serene yet jazzy soundscape. The music is evocative of a drive through the beautiful area along the Pacific coast of the song’s title. While I enjoy every track on At Last, this is probably my favorite; it has such a great sense of gentle movement to it, via the combination of unforced rhythms and Oster’s multi-tracked horn work.

“Haleakala” is closest to an ambient sensibility of the EP’s four songs, although Rhodes’ soulful vocalizings and Oster’s trumpet elevate the moody musical stylings of Aaberg’s synths and the chugging beats of Bryan Carrigan’s drum programming beyond mere Eno-esque territory. Rhodes takes her voice into ethereal wordless soundscape territory in the bridge and darker tinted synths emerge from there to color the track in shades of violet and gray. Nice!

Rounding out the CD is the short title song. Ackerman makes his guest appearance on this piece - a sparse, minimal tone poem featuring plaintive acoustic guitar, trumpet, vocals, and bass. Reminiscent of earlier recordings from Ackerman’s original label (Windham Hill), this is the gentlest and “prettiest” song here, graced by Oster’s use of trumpet muting (only for part of the song, though). It’s an interesting juxtaposition to marry the muted trumpet with the acoustic guitar, so that the usual jazz characteristic of the trumpet’s sound is deflected into something more reflective and even pastoral.

I’ve written it time and time again about good EPs - when an EP leaves you wanting more, it’s a solid indication just how good it is. In the case of At Last, I was sad to hear it end so soon (of course, I just hit “play” again and started over). While the music on the CD is hard to pigeonhole into a single genre, it’s remarkably easy for me to highly recommend it.

Reviewed by RJ Lannan - for the New Age Reporter - on 5/4/2004

In Search of the Elusive Flugel
Jeff Oster performs on the trumpet and the flugelhorn. Now we all know what a trumpet is, but what is the instrument with the funny sounding name? It almost sounds like something a clown would use, but it is a more serious and powerful instrument than a common car horn. A flugelhorn is sort of a trumpet, made of brass, about nineteen inches long and it has a wider range than a trumpet. When Oster plays the flugelhorn it becomes a genuinely soft and mellow horn that blends perfectly with guitar, synthesizer, percussion and violin featured on his new EP release At Last.

At Last is produced by Adult Contemporary Music initiator Will Ackerman (he hates it when you call it New Age Music) who also plays parlor and acoustic guitar on one of the cuts. Oster is joined by eclectic chanteuse Happy Rhodes, New Age instrumentalist Philip Aaberg, guitarists T Bone Wolk, Jerry Medecino, and percussionist Bryan Carrigan.These are some heavy hitters for a relative new comer to the world of Ambient / Jazz / Instrumental music.

The album is basically an effort in ambient orchestration that is pulled off marvelously in all the tracks, but especially in the first cut, Matt’s Mood. Happy Rhodes’ transparent vocals and Oster’s muted horns lightly resonate in a cheerful tune that to me signifies a sense of growth, perhaps from little boy to big boy and Hey! Where did the time go?

Big Sur, the celebrated locale of writers such as Henry Miller and Jack Kerouac and one of the most venerated spots on California’s craggy coastline is the subject of track 2. You do not hear too many tracks with layered trumpet samples on it but this tune has it. You take a trip with the artists down Highway 1 and you witness one of America’s most scenic shorelines. The delightful music escorts you down to picturesque Monterey and the sapphire blue Pacific Ocean where your dreams are made, and hopefully, will come true.

On the island of Maui, there is a mountaintop that is the objective of every tourist and photographer who visits the islands. It is Haleakala, the title of track 3. In the Hawaiian language, it translates into The House of the Sun. It was thought to be a center for Hawaiian spirituality and today is one of the most visited spots on Maui. Oster and his cast capture all the breathtaking beauty and spirit of the acclaimed apex in their music. Haleakala is the heart of an extinct volcano, often enshrouded in fog and blessed with the sparkle of Hawaiian sunshine (rain). Evocatively sweet background vocals by Happy Rhodes and the haunting lead of the flugelhorn with an almost subliminal Hawaiian melody caresses you in a sweet musical embrace. You can see the sun rising out of the ocean like the smile of God.

The final cut, At Last, has the magic Ackerman touch and I heard in the first four notes. Blended with Oster’s fine score and T Bone’s bass, the tune is a bittersweet melody that is one of desire, hope, and eventually, fulfillment. Just like life as we know it.

Oster has an incredible talent for writing lush, visual music and he should do more of it. He has promised a full version of his album soon and I will hold him to it.

Mickie Bellah

How beautiful. How lucky we are to have Jeff's work.
Love this man's music ... how fortunate we are to have his music and, yes, his passion in our lives. His music speaks to my Soul and that makes the rest of us happy!


Expansive, bright, beautiful...
Majestic is the best word to describe the expansive soundscapes that Jeff Oster's trumpet/flugelhorn glide across with beauty and taste. The songs achieve a beautiful sonic blend of Miles Davis -esque melodies over lush sythns and strings and cool loops. Every song has it's own infectious motif and the worlds created around them are full and paradoxically wide open. The beautiful voice of Happy Rhodes on Haleakala and the title track At Last is also an element I really liked. If you like the sensation of flying high above
large and beautiful landscapes I invite you to check out At Last!


Absolutely wonderful music! This CD is too rare! Grab it!
I heard Jeff's music on Music Choice on Directv and was blown away by how wonderful it is. I looked everywhere for this CD, and finally found it at CD Baby. It was a tough search, but it was well worth it. This music will carry you away, and free your mind to wander. Grab it!