Jeff Oster - TRUE
Produced by Grammy Award winner Will Ackerman
Mixed by the legendary engineer Bruce Swedien (Michael Jackson,
Count Basie, Duke Ellington), Grammy Award winner Corin Nelsen at Imaginary Road Studios and Bryan Carrigan (Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt)
Mastered by Bob Ludwig (Gateway Mastering)
Chosen as a Top 25 CD for 2007 by both Echoes’ Listeners and Producers. WINNER - 2008 Independent Music Award - Best New Age Song ( Saturn Calling) On “True”, Oster’s flugelhorn and trumpet expands and goes beyond the themes of “Released”. Once again produced by guitarist and Windham Hill founder, Will Ackerman, “True” maintains many of the characteristics of “Released” with sophisticated electronic looping, harmonized and multi-tracked flugelhorn lines and textured, ambient arrangements.
With its illusory edges and blurring of electric and acoustic textures 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, Melissa R. Kaplan's wailing wordless vocals and Oster's clarion flugelhorn cries sounding the charge.
“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 (Founder Windham Hill Records)
“Oster has an incredible talent for writing lush, visual music..”
R J Lannan - New Age Reporter