Monday, October 29, 2007

Jeff Oster's "True" gets Grammy nomination

“True,” an artful blend of ambient grooves with Jeff Oster’s warm, jazz-inflected trumpet and flugelhorn, has made the Grammy ballot list in categories including “Best New Age Album” and “Best Pop Instrumental.” In addition, New Age (NAR), a site dedicated to the New Age Music Industry, named “True” #1 on the NAR Top 100 chart for September, 2007 ranked by broadcasters worldwide. They gave “True” the highest score ever on the NAR charts. To top it off, “True” has been voted finalist by The Independent Music Awards in the Best New Age Album and Best New Age Song (Saturn Calling – for “True”) categories.
“It might sound like hyperbole, but we may be witnessing the emergence of the next instrumental superstar,” wrote Bill Binkelman in the New Age Reporter.
Produced by Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, “True” features drummer Keith Carlock, bassists T-Bone Wolk and Michael Manring, cellist Eugene Friesen, keyboardists Philip Aaberg and Jan Pulsford, guitarist Patrick Gorman, and Ugandan vocalist Samite. The album was mixed by Bryan Carrigan (Alanis Morrissette, No Doubt) and the multi-Grammy award-winning engineer Bruce Swedien, whose other work includes Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
“There have been a million recordings of horn players, some of them utterly brilliant, but in all these recordings there has never been anyone who incorporates so many influences or blurs genres or traditions as gracefully as Jeff Oster does,” says Ackerman. “The elements are familiar, but the synthesis is unique. This is a milestone recording."
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