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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 ”