KJAZZ Radio UK welcomes Jeff Oster whose music captured our attention when we first listened due to its ambient sonic qualities mixed with Smooth Jazz & New Age overtones. Jeff takes us musically where few have gone before in his creative process for example he has even used our own solar system in his music. Jeff has used the sounds of the planet Saturn coming from the Cassini spacecraft and composed it into “Saturn Calling, ” a beautiful, ambient, new age jazz piece. “Saturn Calling” won the 2008 Independent Music Award for Best New Age Song and is the first song heard on Oster’s album, “True.” Jeff Oster is destined to become a KJAZZ Radio UK listener favorite
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.
He began playing trumpet at the age of eight. After years of study in classical and jazz he moved to L.A. in 1979 to pursue a career full time in music.Honing his live performance skills in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe, and Atlantic City, and working the LA club scene for decades, Jeff has developed a presence in live performance that has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
In 2003 Jeff began to create loop based soundscapes using the computer software program Sonic Acid. Uploading his music to MP3.com, his songs topped the ambient charts for months, with tens thousands of downloads and streams worldwide.
Jeff soon began working with producer Will Ackerman, Grammy winning guitarist and founder of Windham Hill Records. Together they have recorded two albums, RELEASED and TRUE. Both albums have been voted by broadcasters worldwide as Album of the Year, both have reached #1 on Echoes, the nationally syndicated NPR radio program. Jeff’s songs have won Best New Age Song at the 2006 and 2008 Independent Music Awards, and the music continues to receive airplay on XM/Sirius, Music Choice and many other programs worldwide.
Contributors to Jeff’s recordings have included Bruce Swedien, legendary mixing engineer of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Steely Dan’s drummer Keith Carlock, Grammy nominated artists Philip Aaberg, Eugene Friesen, Michael Manring, and many other fine artists.
Jeff’s goal is simply to play the music he loves with the finest musicians on the planet, and to find new and creative ways to share the warm sound of his horn with listeners and fans worldwide.
Jeff’s new album SURRENDER is now available wherever fine music is offered.
Comments and what others are saying about Jeff Oster.
“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.”
“The Sounds of Saturn: Jazz musician and composer Jeff Oster has incorporated the eerie sounds of Saturn’s auroras into a jazz piece called “Saturn Calling”, which won a 2008 Independent Music Award in the New Age category. ”
I’m not a trumpet guy, but I like good music regardless of the instrument, and this album had my ears entranced from the first track to the last.
Like me, most people might be put off by a trumpet album because the instrument is usually associated with the very exclusive, traditional jazz playing of Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.
However, Jeff Oster is more in tune with the cool fusion of trumpet icons Miles Davis and Herb Alpert, the latter of whom is paid tribute to on the standout track, “Essence of Herb.”
Oster lays his trumpet, flugelhorn, and synthesizer tones over hip-hop and techno backbeats programmed by co-composer and sound designer Bryan Carrigan. The result is an intoxicating blend of jazz, new age, and urban styles.
The album also features subliminal vocals by Oster that give the music a shadowy edge, with some brightness provided in the form of more prominent vocals from Diane Arkenstone.
What makes Oster’s playing, and ultimately his music, accessible is that rather than blow off as many notes as possible per second, as is the case with standard jazz trumpet playing, he coaxes and conjures, much like a snake charmer. Oster uses his horns in service of the melodies and themes rather than showboating, giving the music more depth and scale.
With trippy numbers like “All That Matters,” “Você Quer Dançar,” “Nikki’s Dream,” “Essence of Herb,” and “Beautiful Silence,” Surrender is as near-perfect as an album can get.
My only major complaint – at just over three minutes, “Essence of Herb” is too short!
Rocco & Rahj
Rocco & Rahj dig Jeff Oster! Absolutely brilliant work cool smooth sounds… love it! Cheers!
Beautifully rich compositions, performed with amazing eloquence and mastery! Truly exceptional! Thank you for posting.