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jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton

the new album from vin downes and GRAMMY® nominees jeff oster, and tom eaton.

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“my admiration for tom and vin as musical artists is exceeded only by my appreciation of their wry humor. sometimes laughter comes from the deepest places, just like this music.”

jeff oster

flugelhorn and trumpet
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“an indescribable alchemy happens when good friends create music together in the moment. words are unnecessary. these musical conversations capture that magic so well.”

vin downes

electric guitar
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“we chose a key and one of us began. nothing written, no safety net. the real trick to improvising in a group is not the playing, it’s the listening, and these are two of the very best listeners out there.”

tom eaton

keys and bass
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spontaneous improvisations

excursions into unknown sonic territories created in real time by three veteran musicians, each with deep histories of creating expressive and emotional masterpieces.

a shimmering blend of oster’s liquid flugelhorn, downes’ dreamy electric guitar, and eaton’s watercolor touch on keyboards and bass. at times soft and emotional, at times driving and propulsive, the album explores deeply ambient territory across seven in-studio improvisations.



  1. hushed jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton Stream / Buy 6:08
  2. a reckoning jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton 7:59
  3. words overheard jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton Stream / Buy 5:07
  4. a confession jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton 7:42
  5. subliminal jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton Stream / Buy 3:14
  6. her wisdom jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton 5:26
  7. hours slip by jeff oster, vin downes, tom eaton 11:21


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New Age Notes Reviews seven conversations

What happens when we listen, really listen, to one another? We have the basis for a delightful and insightful conversation. And, if we are truly listening, we may not know exactly where any particular conversation is going to go. That’s fine. What results from such...

Kathy Parsons Reviews seven conversations for Mainly Piano

seven conversations is a truly outstanding collaborative album by Jeff Oster (flugelhorn and trumpet), Vin Downes (electric guitar) and Tom Eaton (keyboards and bass). All three musicians are very well-known artists in their own right with solo albums as well as...

Peter Thelen Reviews seven conversations for Exposé Online

In March of this year I ended my review of the trio’s previous release, then known as Departure (a live recording from John Diliberto’s Echoes radio show in 2017) thusly: “Sadly, that’s all there is, nineteen minutes only, Departure’s only recording to date, but...

S. Victor Aaron Reviews seven conversations for Something Else!

Three major figures of the New Age scene combine forces making music in an unusual way for the genre. The aptly titled Seven Conversations chronicles the meeting of Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Vin Downes (guitar) and Tom Eaton (keyboards and bass), doing what they do...


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