Quotes About “next”
A NOTE FROM WILL ACKERMAN
With his newest album, “next”, Jeff brings his horn front and center – you’ll hear his unmistakable tone floating over these 12 new tracks like never before. For Jeff, this album is about rebirth and change, and tells the story of what’s next for him, both as a musician and in his life.
“next is about claiming who I am, and who I’ve always wanted to be,” says Jeff. “It’s why I live. It takes strength and power to step out into the unknown. Not everyone opens the door and takes the risk to try something new, something you’ve dreamed of for years. And with uncertainty comes the joy of freedom. This album represents my moment to truly make a statement…to claim my place as a musician with something important to share.”
With “next”, Jeff creates a new genre – New Age Ambient Funk – and along for the ride are guitarist Nile Rodgers (Chic, Daft Punk, David Bowie, Madonna) on the title track, and five songs created during a legendary session with the duo of drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie and bassist Chuck Rainey – musicians that he has respected and admired for his entire musical career.
“Jeff Oster has always amazed me. Anyone who sounds like no one else amazes me, but a guy who grows so stunningly as a composer and player in the space of a few years inspires nothing but awe.
NEXT is a step in musical evolution from where we last heard from Jeff… rather like the apes harnessing fire and inventing French cuisine.
It’s a joy as his friend and co-producer to watch someone you love and respect grow into an artist of true importance and significance in a world of background noise.
Listen to this. It matters.
KEITH HANNALEK, NEW AGE MUSIC REVIEW
“In essence all of Jeff Oster’s music is special…He has created a masterpiece of instrumental bliss. Next slides down into your soul like your favorite ice cream on a hot summer day. You feel satisfaction and complete joy. This is relaxation and satisfaction taken to the next level.”
Jeff Oster’s fourth and newest album, next, is a holistic exploration of having the strength and the power to step into the unknown.
INSIDE WORLD MUSIC
The instrumental album contains a few spoken word lines, but that is it. The music is very relaxing, jazz-centered, and new age brilliant. The title track, ‘Next’, is a great introduction to the album with a rousing beat, swishy percussion, a jazzy vein, and sultry horn punctuated with crystal, clear keyboard tones.
BREAKING DOWN SOUND
Smooth ambient tones and perfect points of percussion and bass frame out the space for solid riffs of guitar and keyboards, leaving ample space for Oster’s virtuoso playing over and above, his horns giving these tracks an impressive emotion and texture.
MUSIC STREET JOURNAL
The Mystery of B is particularly dreamy and trippy, this is a great piece of music. It’s actually one of my favorites…
Featuring: Nile Rodgers, Chuck Rainey, Bernard Purdie, Tony Levin, Ricky Kej, Philip Aaberg, Michael Manring, Scott Tarulli, Tom Eaton, Melissa R Kaplan, Catherine Marie Charlton, Vanil Veigas, Noah Wilding, Shambhu, Carl Weingarten, Britt Thomas Brady, Todd Boston, Taylor Barefoot, Jeff Taboloff, and Will Ackerman
Co-Produced by William Ackerman, Tom Eaton & Jeff Oster
Mixed by Tom Eaton
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering