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Jeff Oster — Next

Apr. 27, 2015

With a haunting, surreal, and celestial feel to it, trumpeter Jeff Oster’s newly released project Next is an album of captivating melodies sure to command the attention of lovers of his cool style.

Travelling down the road often used by fellow trumpeter Chris Botti, the pleasing nature and soothing quality of Oster’s trumpeter speaks volumes about the content and context of his material. If you close your eyes and allow the music to wash over you, you just may find many vivid images and messages floating and whispering before you.

Opening with the all-embracing beautiful title track featuring guitarist Nile Rodgers, the album glides and floats its way to the finale while gently escorting you on journeys across jazz, new age, and World terrains.

Along with the title track, tunes of note to me include “Night Train to Sofia,” “Turn Left at San Pancho,” the interestingly-timed “Avenue D,” and “Heroes” (the latter presented in a robust manner so as to apparently convey his respect for heroes).

There is also a quick retreat from the new age influence with the great cover of the classic and always melancholy “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” made famous by the iconic Bonnie Raitt.

This is not your typical smooth jazz project, as you will quickly discover from track one. However, its magical pull and alluring new age melodies should find you very much along for this intriguing ride. – Ronald Jackson