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by Jeff Oster

WINNER - Two 2005 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards: Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album... WINNER - 2005 Independent Music Award (Best New Age Song - AT LAST - Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman)
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fool's Gold
4:49 $0.99
2. Big Sur
6:14 $0.99
3. Final Approach
6:06 $0.99
4. Behind The Veil
4:52 $0.99
5. Released
4:34 $0.99
6. Matt's Mood
5:56 $0.99
7. As I Live and Breathe
5:22 $0.99
8. Haleakala
4:29 $0.99
9. At Last
3:16 $0.99
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Album Notes
As one of the few trumpet/flugelhorn artists working in ambient terrain, Jeff Oster draws from a rich background of classically trained, jazz tinged horn study, mixed with contemporary electronica and loop based electro-orchestral bed tracks. This combination of flesh and circuitry, brass and silicon, breath and beats, has resulted in a sound like few others on the new age/ambient scene today.

"Released is an excellent recording from every standpoint...I'm delighted to highly recommend it with room to spare!"
-Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire, August 2005

"Jeff has returned with another exciting and moving selection of tunes... Truly, a delightful feast for thirsty ears."
-Michael Woodhead, Lux Aeterna, July 2005

"Oster has an incredible talent for writing lush, visual music and he should do more of it."
- R J Lannan - New Age Reporter, May 2004


I founded Windham Hill Records in 1975 when I recorded my own first LP of guitar solos. Contrary to the accolades from journalists regarding my prescient awareness of a disenfranchised demographic awaiting a new musical movement, the truth is I entered this musical world in complete innocence. Disco ruled the airwaves in 1975 and no one would have given a record label devoted to guitar and piano solos a snowball's chance, myself included.

Windham Hill was born not of an overreaching ambition, but of a modest desire to have a handful of people hear my guitar solos, then those of my cousin Alex deGrassi, and then the piano solos of my friend George Winston. That the label succeeded to the stratospheric degree it did was not a testament to cleverness, but to sincerity. It worked because it was simple and true.

The label evolved over the years to include the work of musicians like Michael Hedges, Liz Story, Shadowfax, Mark Isham and Tuck and Patti among many others. We never left the solo recordings behind, but the music we released was increasingly ensemble and often electric.

It wasn't about a purist preconception; it was about finding music that moved me, whatever its form. As a producer and label founder what you live for is to hear something new, something different, something that brings you to a new place, but continues to speak directly and sincerely to the listener of human emotion. Jeff Oster's music does this. Jeff Oster does this.

In 2003, nearly 30 years after I had started Windham Hill, I received an e-mail from a guy named Jeff Oster. Initially he was just another person dreaming about making a record, but it didn't take long to figure out that he was both serious about this dream and intelligent enough to pull it off. The CD he sent me of some rough mixes of his work not only impressed me musically, but perhaps even more importantly connected with me emotionally.

On the warm summer day we met, we shared some iced tea, sat on the back deck and talked. I heard this impassioned human being who had a long history of loving music and being a musician, often at great sacrifice to all the sacred cows of the materialistic society we live in. I heard a man who had paid his dues in learning about the masters of jazz trumpet, a man who had worked to perfect his playing, a man who had a deep and abiding respect for those who came before him and offered him something to learn and grow by.

Jeff had played jazz, had played in cover bands, had played funk. He just loved music. He said he thought he'd finally found his voice in music. Jeff is nearly 50. He has a good paying day gig. He has a lovely family, wonderful kids, and a wife who approaches sainthood in her support of this man's dreams. He could be sitting at the country club well into his fourth or fifth cocktail talking about how he " coulda been a great musician." That's not Jeff. He didn't give up. He actually has the guts to live his dream. I can't tell you how much I admire that.

Jeff started mining the internet for percussion parts, began assembling rhythm sections in a musical program called "Acid." This is the plaything of so steeped in computer technology that it's second nature to sample music and create landscapes of sound without playing a note. This, and other programs like it, are the workhorses of the contemporary music scene. What is remarkable is that an almost 50-year-old man was doing this; a man brought up in a completely different musical world. It was startlingly hip.

But Jeff is also a traditionalist and is a perfectionist. The horn.. the sound of the horn, that sound that had inspired and comforted and uplifted Jeff all those years wasn't going to be replaced by any technology. His lungs, his heart, his lips and his soul were going to play the horn. That was and is the synthesis that yielded RELEASED, one of the most remarkable debut recordings I've ever heard.

Will Ackerman
Windham County, Vermont
June 2005



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Jesse Hodgdon

Expansive, haunting, uplifting and dynamic.
I was intrigued by At Last and entranced by Released. The mix of horns, acoustics, keyboard and vocal sounds appeals to all whom I play it for, from massage clients to dinner guests. The music is evocative and speaks to me at a very deep level, drawing me out, soothing me, inviting me to engage. I've already given away the 3 extra copies I purchased, to most delighted recipients!

The Echoes CD of the Month - September 2005
Jeff Oster

Jeff Oster spent his youth playing in bar bands, then opted for the more lucrative world of financial advising. All the while, he spent his free time playing trumpet, including in an Oakland funk group. None of that background will prepare you for the sound of Jeff Oster's debut album, RELEASED.

Echoes listeners have been getting a taste of this CD since last year when Oster put out a four-song EP. All four of those tunes appear here on a disc that elaborates on the themes of that little EP teaser. Oster plays trumpet, an instrument not usually associated with ambient music, which may explain why he usually employs he mellower flugelhorn.

Exhibiting amazing restraint, Oster eshews the usual smooth jazz rhythms and funk of trumpeters like Chris Botti and instead turns his focus on moods and atmospheres. Some pieces are wistful and pastoral, like the title track which is mostly just Oster and guitarist Will Ackerman, who also produced the album. Others chart darker terrain, like the mysterious, foreboding sound of "Behind the Veil" which features fractured programmed rhythms pulsing behind vocal fragments and ethereal choirs from Happy Rhodes. Rhodes is featured on the tribal electronica of "Haleakala" as well, a track co-written by pianist Philip Aaberg. Aaberg also brings his acoustic piano ruminations to bear on "Fool's Gold," sounding a lament from the edge, with Oster's hymn-like harmonized trumpet lines. Now in his 40s, it's taken Jeff Oster a lifetime to arrive at his debut album. And RELEASED is worth the wait.

-John Diliberto

Bryan Anthony

Masterful , A Must Have
In "RELEASED", Jeff Oster delivers an awesome instrumental performance that can only be described as moody, emotional an inspirational work that will touch you on many levels. This is new age easy listening music that has the power to induce, in the listener, through delicate intricately woven melodies, thoughts, moods and feelings that are calming, relaxing journeys into the personal world that is Jeff OSter's to share with his listeners. Soulfully played trumpet and flugelhorn gently push through delicious ambient backdrops that take you through that which the title implies, a "release" of heart, mind and spirit.
Music has the power to invoke images that, as already indicated above, can touch heart, mind and spirit, and this Jeff does very well from first track to last. This is an album to be enjoyed like a fine wine, savoured to the very last drop. Really!
In a world of noise and confusion, isn't it nice to know that there are sounds being made that can soothe the savage beast within and bring you back to that quiet space many of us haven't been to for the longest while? This album will do that. No lyrics needed here. The music itself is reflective lyrical in it's own way, no words needed. It flows, like a river to the sea, and you, thelistener, drift away with it.By the time you reach the end of this album, you will know what it means to be "relased". A stunning brilliant "must have" collection that truly ought to sit there among the classics of all time, artists like Miles Davis, Weather Report, John Klemmer, Coltrane and many, many others. Get it now. You will have no regrets! The jey word is: satisfaction guaranteed!

Denise Young

Simply Divine!
"As I Live and Breathe" is so powerful, yet gently stated. Jeff's every inspiration and expiration expresses and expands his passionate feeling through his instrument and his CD, "Released".

Patrick Gorman

This album has not left my cd player. A brilliant display by Mr. Oster, can't wait to hear what's next!

Tanya A. Hogan

.. just listen
when i first heard Final Approach... i knew i had to, m u s t own that music. i rarely buy music any longer --why do that when you can download it for pennies? i was only hearing the one song on the internet but when i finaly purchased the cd and heard it all,... it c h a n g e d time... saying more will never reach the place this music calls for me to go here...just l i s t e n


Beautiful music
I found Jeff's music by chance, while looking for something that would heal my soul after a hard day. While I believe nothing in reality happens by chance and everything has it's purpose in life, it was God's hand that brought me this magical piece of music.

Warm regards Jeff and many thanks!