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There is a bit of a conundrum with Surrender, the new album by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Oster - for a start is it Jazz or New Age, or perhaps exotic electronica? Truth is you have to listen to it yourself and decide which musical category it falls within. For me it is a very exotic mix of Jazz flugelhorn and trumpet bedded into a series of electronica and ambient soundscapes, with added vocals. There are only three musicians involved on this album: Jeff Oster - brass, synths, loop programming, vocals, Bryan Carrigan - sound design, synths, drum programming, and Diane Arkenstone - vocals. This is an interesting mix of styles and techniques, Mr Oster's aerie flugelhorn and trumpet float whispery over the ambient electronics, sunk sometimes so low into the audio mix as to be a ghost of what should be, the notes aerated and detached, seemingly hanging in the air. To this voices whisper, Ms Arkenstone's delightful vocals drift through and it all means... What? I'm not sure really, but I like the intrigue it engenders. Mr Oster's brass playing is reminiscent of late period Miles Davis, melodic yet otherworldly, and the electronic soundscapes are very chill out room. And there is an innate coolness running throughout the album, the music is just begging to be used in some art house movie soundtrack. I've played Surrender several times now and it just grows more interesting each time, the flugelhorn, in particular, has a dynamic and sound so unique and dramatic. The eleven track titles are: All That Matters, Você Quer Dançar, Nikki's Dream, The Voice, Essence of Herb, Surrender, 2 Di 4, The Theology of Success, Beautiful Silence, 53 Mirrors, Enlightened Darkness. I'm not sure what it all means, but I like it and it's an album that invites you to investigate it again and again. Highly Recommended. - John Peters --John Peters - The Borderland (U.K.)
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Jeff Oster personally contacted me and was kind enough to supply a working replacement - for which I thank him profusely.
I was fascinated by Jeff Oster's initial collection entitled, At Last. A year later, Released, had me firmly ensnared. It became the soundtrack of my world. I was called back to visit places deep in my soul. And, it remains a constant in my life when I have the need to escape. Two years of waiting saw the release of, True. It was worth the wait. Jeff never fails to create music of such simple beauty.
Now, we can fall in love with his music all over again--Surrender. This collection by Oster, along with the talents of Bryan Carrigan, pervades desire and passion. The captivating Diane Arkenstone may also be credited for her talents on the title song. Just listen to this song with someone you love or desire!
Directions: Pour two glasses of wine, mix well, and...surrender.
Without fear, surrender only love
When you sit alone at the late night what thoughts come to your mind? What desires do you feel and what emotions touch your heart? You don't have to pretend for somebody. You just sense your real essence and you are able to look into depths of your inner world.
Never before has the trumpet of Jeff Oster sounded so intimate. Delicate keyboards environment of Bryan Carrigan and the sensual vocals of Diane Arkenstone create a very personal atmosphere for his newest project. The music of "Surrender" is suitable for meditating in solitude as well as for intimate moments with your loved ones.
Jeff Oster returns this time with a brilliant work. His talent is illuminated with fresh colors on "Surrender". The artist brought the sound of trumpet into new age music and showed amazing abilities of this classical instrument which seems so usual. And Jeff Oster bravely develops his unique style. It becomes more complete and modern.
It cannot be the music for just any moment but it may be the music for various situations and states of mind. And this is the album "Surrender" of Jeff Oster.
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!
He is joined by producer and engineering master Bryan Carrigan, who adds additional synthesizers, drum programming, and sound design, as well as having co-produced and co-written eight of the songs on this album. Also adding her own inimitable talents to a number of the compositions is vocalist Diane Arkenstone, who is an artist of note in her own right.
Trying to pick favorites on this CD is an exercise in futility, as literally every track is a winner. While there is indeed a dreamy, almost surreal quality to the music, it is infused with a cool urban vibe that makes it intriguing, entrancing, and irresistible.
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"Surrender" is Jeff Oster's third full length album. It was released in 2011; but rest assured, it is as fresh & relevant today as it was the day it was released. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SusieQ
Jeff Oster's newest release, SURRENDER, simultaneously nurtures and subverts tenets of new age, jazz and techno-artist masters. Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by CE