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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 MP3.com 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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 MP3.com 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. 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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 837101377034
  • Catalog Number: 5637422946
  • Sales rank: 151,856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saturn Calling (5:27)
  2. 2 This Place (5:24)
  3. 3 Serengeti (5:13)
  4. 4 Violet (5:20)
  5. 5 Tibet (5:08)
  6. 6 Sounds Like Sunshine (5:28)
  7. 7 Once in a Blue Moonlight (4:47)
  8. 8 On One Knee (3:58)
  9. 9 From the Dreamtime (4:32)
  10. 10 Mumbai (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeff Oster Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Michael Manring Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Samite Mbiri
Philip Aaberg Synthesizer, Piano
Will Ackerman Guitar, Electric Guitar
Eugene Friesen Cello
Jan Pulsford Keyboards
Bryan Carrigan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Keith Carlock Drums
Derrik Jordan Djembe, Cuica, Guiro
Patrick Gorman Guitar
Melissa R. Kaplan Vocals
Jovica Storer Loops
Noah Wilding Vocals
Technical Credits
Samite Composer
Will Ackerman Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Vocal Mixing
Bill Esses Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Jan Pulsford Composer, Programming, beats
Bruce Swedien Liner Notes
Bryan Carrigan Engineer, Sound Design
Corin Nelsen Engineer, Vocal Mixing
Dexter Browne Engineer
Jeff Oster Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Loop Programming
Patrick Gorman Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    unique exquisite sounds

    This place really caught my attention very relaxing but uplifting I immediately put my name for his soon to be released True CD

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