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by Jeff Oster

*** Imagine, Miles Davis meets Enya *** A CD Baby Editor's Pick in New Age: Contemporary Instrumental, Jazz World Fusion and Soundtrack *** Produced by Grammy Award winner and Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman ***
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1. Saturn Calling
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2. This Place
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3. Serengeti
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4. Violet
5:20 $0.99
5. Tibet
5:08 $0.99
6. Sounds Like Sunshine
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7. Once In A Blue Moonlight
4:47 $0.99
8. On One Knee
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9. From the Dreamtime
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10. Mumbai
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Winner of the 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards ( for:


"The creation and playing of music should be a wonderous expression of the truth, a shining glimpse of the human heart in joy or pain.

There is an innocence to this; at least there should be. Jeff Oster writes and plays music like a child feels sunlight. There's no ego, no artifice; just the truth.

There have been a million recordings of horn players, some of them utterly brilliant, but in all these recordings there has never been anyone who incorporates so many influences or blurs genres or traditions as gracefully as Jeff Oster does. The elements are familiar, but the synthesis is unique.

This is a milestone recording."

Will Ackerman
Windham County, VT
June 2007


"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.

So of course I thought that I had heard all that the flugelhorn and trumpet had to say musically.

That was before I had heard and mixed Jeff Oster's wonderful music.

Talk about tone, intonation, phrasing and all things wonderful about the instrument,

Jeff has it all...

Listen to this fabulous music with open ears and open hearts, please..."

Bruce Swedien

Ocala, Florida

April, 2007


TRUE - the stunning new release from award-winning chilled jazz trumpet/flugelhorn artist Jeff Oster.

Think Miles Davis meets Enya...

TRUE was recorded in Vermont at Imaginary Road Studios, with Grammy Award winners Will Ackerman producing, and Corin Nelsen at the board.

Jeff's new CD features world class performances from:

Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) - drums

T. Bone Wolk (Hall and Oates, Carly Simon)- bass and guitar

Michael Manring - fretless bass

Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort) - cello

Philip Aaberg (Peter Gabriel, Elvin Bishop) - piano,synthesizer

Jan Pulsford (Cyndie Lauper,Chico Freeman) - synthesizer, drum programming

Samite - vocals and mbira

Melissa R. Kaplan (Splashdown, Universal Hall Pass) -vocals

Patrick Gorman - guitar

Noah Wilding - vocals

Derrik Jordan - percussion

Will Ackerman - guitar

TRUE features music composed and arranged by Jeff Oster, working with co-writers Jan Pulsford (she's composed and performed with Cyndie Lauper, the Thompson Twins and Chico Freeman), Will Ackerman (Grammy Award winning guitarist/producer and founder of Windham Hill Records), Patrick Gorman and Samite.

This is a must listen for anyone who enjoys music that stirs the soul and touches the heart.

As you listen, imagine...


It was exactly two years ago that Jeff Oster's debut album, Released, was picked as an Echoes CD of the Month. For his second album, the fluegelhorn and trumpet player expands and goes beyond the themes of that album. Co-produced again with guitarist and Windham Hill founder, Will Ackerman, True maintains many of the characteristics of Released with sophisticated electronic looping, harmonized and multi-tracked fluegelhorn lines and textured, ambient arrangements.

The opening track "Saturn Calling" sets the pace with a quietly heroic, surging groove that alternates with pensive, wind blown fluegelhorn cries. After the ambient loops and textures of his first album, you can hear Oster's jazz fusion and progressive rock tendencies leaking out. From the opening track, you can hear the jazz voicings in his harmonized trumpet lines, but the loops and delayed U2/The Edge guitar sets a mood you won't find in jazz.

There are some gorgeous arrangements like "Violet," which features Patrick Gorman (sounding remarkably like Will Ackerman) on acoustic guitar, while also playing electric guitar textures. With swirling cello from Eugene Friesen and one of those open plains piano breaks by Philip Aaberg it's a plangent elegy topped by Oster's yearning horn.
A couple of tracks take the smooth jazz slide, notably "Serengeti" with its cool lounge rhythm, but it’s redeemed by one of Samite's transcendent vocal choirs. I would not have put the funky "Once In A Blue Moonlight," with its R&B wordless testifying vocal from Melissa R. Kaplan, on this album, but a trio with Ackerman and Aaberg, the ruminative "On One Knee," gently gets the album back on track.

With its illusory edges and blurring of electric and acoustic textures, much of which is provided by sound designer Brian Carrigan, True is deftly sequenced. It accommodates dark film noir moods on "This Place" along with the jubilant, uplifting "Mumbai," a triumphant ode with a surging drum loop, Kaplan's wailing wordless vocals and Oster's clarion fluegelhorn cries sounding the charge.

Jeff Oster has been true to the promise of his debut album and True is our Echoes CD of the Month for September.

- © 2007 John Diliberto



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Serge Kozlovsky /

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky
Jeff Oster’s “True” is music of incredible sincerity. You can simply sit down, listen to this album and feel alone with the artist and his experience. And he doesn’t make false pretenses. Jeff Oster is entirely here in the present moment. The musician expresses his innermost feelings and emotions with ease and clarity. “True” is a very integral project and it possesses a huge inner power. But, at the same time, Jeff Oster’s music has the innocence of a child’s look.

All the compositions of this album are perfect. Many remarkable musicians also took part in the recording of this project. They enriched album’s music by many delightful nuances. But all other artist’s playing simply emphasizes Jeff Oster’s refined performance.

Listen to “True” and discover how wonderful a trumpet and flugelhorn can sound. You are sure to have never heard such powerful and unique music before.

Serge Kozlovsky

Rich Haffke

One Saturday night I was listening to the Mindi Abair show and she played "Saturn Calling". I didn't catch the name of the artist at the time so I did a search and found this website and Jeff Oster. Simply put this is one of the finest CDs that I have purchased. Not being a wordsmith like the other reviewers I can only say that I look forward to much more from Jeff along with the goal of seeing him live.

Jonathan Widran

TRUE - Jeff Oster
While his ambient-electronic approach to the trumpet and flugelhorn are perhaps not as commercial and in the pocket as 2000s hitmakers Rick Braun and Chris Botti, the Florida-bred Jeff Oster -- years after abandoning his musical dreams in favor of success in the financial world -- scored impressive breakthrough success in the new age world with his 2005 debut Released. He owes some of that success to the internet; getting 40,000 downloads on attracted the attention of legendary guitarist (and Windham Hill Records founder) Will Ackerman, who became an important collaborator.

Released, which Oster described as "Chet Baker meets Dead Can Dance," won the 2005 Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards at the NAR (New Age Reporter) Lifestyle Music Awards. The Oster/Ackerman composition "At Last" also won the Best New Age Song award at the 2005 Independent Music Awards.

True has just won the 2007 Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Instrumental Album awards at the NAR (New Age Reporter) Lifestyle Music Awards. The Oster composition "Saturn Calling" also won the Best New Age Song award at the 2007 Independent Music Awards.

Ackerman takes Oster to the next level as the producer of True, an exciting yet relaxing, spiritually inspiring, musically challenging work that blends graceful melodies with edgy electronic new age, otherworldly soundscapes, and artful touches of exotica. On the opening track "Saturn Calling," Oster's dreamy flugelhorn melody sweeps over an extraterrestrial landscape that's all at once fluid, grooving, and tribally organic. The same vibe continues but in a slightly more low key mode on "This Place" and "Serengeti" before Oster blends his best new age sensibilities (complete with Patrick Gorman's sparse acoustic guitar) with a haunting classical/chamber music flavor on "Violet." He and Ackerman vary the style from there, mixing spaciness and pop/soul with Tibetan throat chants on "Tibet," going film score orchestral on "Sounds Like Sunshine," and digging into a hip and soulful cool on "Once in a Blue Midnight." Perhaps the most conventionally beautiful new agey piece is the completely organic "On One Knee," a contemplative prayer-like song blending Oster's horn, Ackerman's trademark lonesome acoustic guitar, and Philip Aaberg's lush piano harmonies.

Overall, Ackerman has the best description of the unique chapter Oster adds to the new age realm: "the elements are familiar, but the synthesis is unique."

Jonathan Widran - All Music Guide

Ben F. Drennan

liked the cd "TRUE" a lot. Thanks a lot for the good music.


Played the first CD so much it broke! The tunes are there to listen to or to just let wash over you and then grab you.
Each track is a gem with it's own story to tell.

Bill Binkelman

Jeff Oster - TRUE
Retso Records (2007)

Trumpet/flugelhorn player Jeff Oster blossoms into a real artistic force in contemporary instrumental music with True. Once again produced by Will Ackerman, Oster has also again surrounded himself with some amazing talent (e.g. T. Bone Wolk and Michael Manring on bass, Philip Aaberg on keyboards, and Eugene Friesen on cello, to name just a few). Oster expands his musical palette even broader this time around, with elements of jazz fusion, world beat, electronica, and new age sprinkled throughout the album. No matter which genre, everything the man touches turns to gold, due in no small part to his composing talent (he wrote or co-wrote every song). It might sound like hyperbole, but we may be witnessing the emergence of the next instrumental superstar.

I don’t have the space to detail all ten tracks and do them justice, yet I’m confounded about which to leave out. “Saturn Calling” features actual radio emissions from the titular planet and starts out appropriately spacy before a thumping bass beat, trap kit drums, and cascading synths, as well as Oster’s own echoed flugelhorn, convey a feeling of cruising the cosmos, switching from billowy floating to dramatic rhythmic passages. “This Place” comes creeping in via Aaberg’s evocative echoed piano as well as shimmering keyboards and shuffling trippy beats from Jan Pulsford (who contributes elsewhere on the CD, too). Oster’s flugelhorn and muted trumpet evokes vast spaciousness yet also a forlorn sense of isolation. It’s one of the best tracks Oster has ever recorded.

Despite its title, “Serengeti,” (owing to the presence of Ugandan vocalist Samite who sings in his native tongue of the importance of this special region), is less “worldly,” and more a bouncy midtempo tune with a funky rhythm and a rolling melody that feels as if one was flying low over the African landscape. During the vocal passage, world beat percussion finally lends some ethnic feel to the piece. “Sounds Like Sunshine” has a big bold sound, cheerful and upbeat, and an infectious midtempo rhythm. “Once in a Blue Moonlight” (another tune co-written by the talented Pulsford) pulses with a sensual rockish/funky beat featuring some snazzy wordless vocals by Melissa Kaplan (her voice reminds me of Harriet Wheeler, vocalist for The Sundays) and she really cuts loose later in the track.

There’s so much more I could write about: the pensive somber ballad, “On One Knee,” co-wrtten by Ackerman, the enchanting mystical world fusion number “From the Dreamtime,” and the tear-the-roof-off rollicking jazz-meets-world beat album closer, “Mumbai.” Jeff Oster (and all the talented artists who contributed to this disc) really raised the bar on this one. Brimming with the sheer love of making music (all types, moods, and tempos) True is a celebration of passion, artistry, soul and engineering/production wizardry. This being only his second full-length release, one is left to ponder the heights Oster (and company) may reach. Highly recommended.

Bill Binkelman
New Age Reporter