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Jeff Oster

Described as Miles Davis meets Pink Floyd, Jeff’s sound is unique, combining New Age beauty and progressive rock. Jeff’s albums feature esteemed contributors such as guitarist Nile Rodgers, iconic bassist Chuck Rainey and legendary drummers Bernard Purdie and Keith Carlock. Jeff’s accolades include: ZMR Album of the Year (4x winner), multiple #1 albums on NPR’s Echoes, and multiple Independent Music Awards. Jeff is a founding member of the group FLOW, comprised of Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Jeff Oster, of course. FLOW took home this year’s ZMR Album of the Year, and the IMA for Best New Age Album

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Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller

Read "Lyrical Stories in Music: Jakob Dinesen & Jean-Sebastian Simonoviez, FLOW and Michael Vincent Waller" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Saying that a piece of music is lyrical presupposes a quality that is hard to define. You know what it is until you need to explain it. The Cambridge Dictionary says that it means: “expressing personal thoughts and feelings in a beautiful way," which doesn't really say much. In music, storytelling is just as elusive. It's ...

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Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times

Read "Shambhu: Soothing Guitar for Stressful Times" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

The times we live in call for reflection and one of the ways of providing it is through music. Music can slow our lives down and make us live in the moment, but it can also connect people. Since he discovered music, guitarist and composer Shambhu Neil Vineberg has been on a journey that has seen ...

Jazz at the Edge of New Age

Read "Jazz at the Edge of New Age" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Genres can be a way to attract listeners, but they can also repel them. In some circles, genres like new age, smooth jazz and fusion have a bad name, and their entry into jazz could be seen as something negative, but it can also be an enrichment of an art form that is able to embrace ...

Flow

FLOW stands for Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt, Jeff Oster and Will Ackerman. Its a New Age group formed out of friendship and a history of working and playing together over eight years. FLOW is a New Age music group – Will Ackerman, Fiona Joy, Lawrence Blatt and Jeff Oster. In early 2015, Lawrence Blatt invited Fiona Joy and Jeff Oster to join him at Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road Studios to create an album Inspired by the iconic Windham Hill ensembles. Once recording began, it became clear that Will could be an essential part of this group as an artist as well as producer. When invited, Will was happy to join the others and FLOW was born

Jeff Oster LIVE!

Label: Retso Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1) Serengeti - 10:46 2) Voce Quer Dancar - 10:21 3) Once in a Blue Moonlight - 07:14 4) I Can’t Make You Love Me - 07:15 5) Half a Cookie - 09:39 6) Night Train to Sofia - 06:52 7) The Man from Brazil - 08:59

ARTICLE: IN THE BIZ

Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?

Read "Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?" reviewed by Kathy Sanborn

"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!" --P. T. Barnum Jazz artists strive to make the best albums possible, choosing the best songs, selecting other musicians to interpret those songs, and recording the pieces with artistic and technical skill. When their masterpieces are complete, it does not all end there. The artist or band ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Jakob Baekgaard's Best of 2015

Read "Jakob Baekgaard's Best of 2015" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

These ten albums are just a few of the many great releases of 2015. Music was and still is a light in a world filled with problems and fear. When it is best, it encourages openness and contemplation and brings us closer together as humans. John Law These Skies In Which We ...

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Label: Retso Records
Released: 2015

Jeff Oster: An Emotional Journey into Sound

Read "Jeff Oster: An Emotional Journey into Sound" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Everything begins with sound. It is no coincidence that one of the theories of how the universe was created is called The Big Bang. You can almost hear the thunder in the name. Sound is creation. Sound is life. One way of defining a musician is to say that it is a person ...


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