For Oster and producer Ruslan Sirota (who also plays piano, keyboards, guitar and vocals), his new album Reach doubles as a powerful mission statement. It means breaking from Oster’s tried and true studio approach of the past and engaging in a deeper exploration of the horn player’s artistry. The result is a transcendent chill/ambient/new age meets sensual and grooving jazz/world fusion vibe where there are no creative boundaries.
That freewheeling spirit flows through every track on Reach. With previous albums, Oster hired what he calls a “musical fantasy camp” of studio musicians to help him realize his vision – including all-stars like Nile Rodgers, T-Bone Wolk, Keith Carlock, Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie. These recordings helped establish Oster as a major force in new age music, and have made him a 4X ZMR Album of the Year winner, with numerous #1’s on NPR’s “Echoes” program and two wins for Best New Age Song at the Independent Music Awards.
The combination of Oster’s deeply felt melodies, eclectic grooves and exotic textures make Reach a true improvisational triumph more in the spirit of jazz fusion than Oster’s normal genre.
With Jeff Oster's REACH - the possibilities are endless...