The following review is from Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews.
Amazing acoustic chill trio Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster, Tom Eaton – BROTHERS: If you’re even the least bit familiar with sonic adventures that make your morning (or your evening) sweeter, you’ll know the players here already… this talented trio has put together an eight-song extravaganza of the most amazing acoustic chill you will ever listen to… to get an intimate look at how it came to be, I (most strongly) recommend that you watch this (long) video about the album…
To enjoy more live videos and performances from Jeff (and many others), be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Jeff’s YouTube channel… I’ve been there for a LONG time.
The album begins with the wonderful “Birds”, featuring Will’s guitar leading into a soaring high-flight journey that includes Jeff’s mighty mellow horn against soothing keyboard/synth from Tom… this 4:10 gem will (I predict) be getting constant airplay from DJ’s of all stripes across the globe!
Will Ackerman plays guitar, with Jeff Oster doing flugelhorn/trumpet and Tom Eaton on piano, keyboards and bass… you’ll hear their love of playing together and clear mastery of their instruments as you listen to the amazing “While There’s Time”… I have never heard better “pacing“, and the recording is pure and flawless.
Jeff leads off the laid-back and mellow closer, “You Make My Heart” with deep, rich tones, then Tom’s keys and Will’s sweet guitar join with the horn to give you shimmering images of the way brotherhood is supposed to be… through their playing on this song, you will (easily) visualize their love for each other!
“Head for the Sky” is another favorite of mine on this release… it will help you transcend all the trials and tribulations of our times… I (most strongly) recommend that you listen to this beautiful song with your headphones on (in fact, you should do that for all the performances).
I had no trouble making my personal choice for favorite of the eight amazing performances offered up… this meeting of musical minds truly “comes together” as you listen to “Confluence”… if we could get songs like this piped into classrooms across the globe, teaching the children unity rather than conformity, the world would BE a better place!
I give Will, Jeff and Tom a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, as well as a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 5.00; that means, of course, that they also get a “PICK” from me for “most intriguing trio”. Get more information on Jeff’s website as it becomes available.