Ambient music can often be fascinating for a variety of reasons, but there’s an extra layer of intrigue when it’s performed live. That’s part of the appeal of the quartet known as Blue Eternity. Made up of trumpet/flugelhorn player Jeff Oster, bassist Michael Manring, electric guitarist Carl Weingarten, and Brazilian drummer/percussionist Celso Alberti, a Blue Eternity live show unfolds in an unhurried pace, like a slow motion jam. You'll hear Oster’s effect-laden trumpet functioning as a living, breathing synthesizer, as Manring has the lyrical side of his former teacher Jaco Pastorius down pat. Weingarten knows a thing or two about engendering celestial soundscapes himself, sometimes evoking Robert Fripp in his stylings. Add the Brazilian pulse of Alberti's percussion, and you have an evening of music not to be missed The other part of the appeal is the acumen of the players involved. Grammy-nominated Manring is a household name among the Windham Hill set, and he’s served as a key member in the new age bluegrass supergroup Montreux. Weingarten honed his prog rock chops in the group Delay Tactics before striking out on his own as a solo artist with an experimental flair. Oster first made a splash in the 90s with a couple of award-laden collaborations with Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman (Released and True), and has applied both a classical and jazz background toward a trumpet that’s he’s learned to skillfully manipulate with loops and software aided sonic washes. Drummer Alberti's explosive, intuitive style is in high demand, working with artists such as Herbie Mann, Craig Chaquico, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Jose Neto, Andrei Kondakov and, most recently, the legendary Steve Winwood. Oster’s effect-laden trumpet sometimes sounds like a living, breathing synthesizer, as Manring has the lyrical side of his former teacher Jaco Pastorius down pat. Weingarten knows a thing or two about engendering celestial soundscapes himself, sometimes evoking Robert Fripp in his stylings. At the same time, he can use his guitar to counterpoint Oster’s other-worldly noises with the more grounded sounds of an electric guitar. Together, they build soft layers that can take many listens to get underneath. Jeff Oster describes his music as “Miles meets Pink Floyd.” Blue Eternity makes me think Jon Hassell meets Jaco and (the ambient side of) Buckethead. That’s a pretty lethal combination for ambient music...
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EastWest Bookstore presents: Global Heart Concert #5 ... SHAMBHU and friends with Special Guest WILL ACKERMAN. Jeff Oster - flugelhorn Premik Russell Tubbs - wind synth/flute David DiLullo - percussion Frank Martin - keyboards DeWayne Pate - bass Celso Alberti - drums
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Sounds Like: Mark Isham, Miles Davis, Michael Manring
Label: Retso Records, Retso Records
Bio: Think Miles meets Enigma...
Born in Danville, Illinois, Jeff 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. He honed his live performance skills on the LA club scene, then in Las Vegas, Lake ...See Full Bio
“With this third CD, Jeff Oster enters edgier terrain with an even more personal sound. Surrender is an album of 21st century lounge music, morphed through soulful melodies, snaky grooves and film noir textures. With a trumpet sound that seems as if it were blown in Rudy Van Gelder’s studio circa 1958 and then electrified, Jeff Oster has made music for dark nights and rain-swept city streets. But this is thoroughly modern music which is by turns growling, slinky, seductive and trancey. While the influences are apparent – Miles, Hassell, Isham – he’s synthesized them into his own mood-evoking music: a dark, smoke-filled lounge of liquid neon and tarnished chrome. Surrender is the Echoes CD of the Month for September. - John Diliberto ”
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Q: Hi Jeff, Love your music and have purchased quite a bit from Amazon. Can you tell me where I can buy the instrumental-only track of As I Live and Breathe? No vocals, just your horn. Beautiful.
A: Hi! THANK YOU for your kind words! This is the only version of As I Live and Breathe: http://jeffoster.bandcamp.com/track/as-i-live-and-breathe
Asked by Jarrod. Answered on Thu Apr 18 2013All Questions