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Kyle Eastwood: The View From Here

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Bassist Kyle Eastwood frequently integrates a cinematic contour into his body of work. And true to form, he's contributed music to eight of his famous father, actor, and director Clint Eastwood's films. The bassist's output can be characterized by tuneful hooks, calmly soaring opuses, and countered by odd-metered time signatures, clement flows, and passionate soloing spots. Indeed, his meticulous composing skills create intriguing propositions. With handclaps and a prominent bass ostinato on the Flamenco-tinged “Sirocco," the band fuses an expansive rock pulse with subtle North African cadences and trumpeter Quentin Collins' flirtatious lines, and is one of several ...

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Kyle Eastwood: The View From Here

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Kyle Eastwood's boyhood in Carmel, California, may have been where and when he began his love of jazz, but as an adult his love of France seems to impact more and more on his music. Eastwood's sixth album, The View From Here, doesn't always show this influence explicitly but it's there nonetheless and it's giving the bassist's music a distinctive and delightful vibe.As an album title, The View From Here doesn't share the Francophile origins of previous Eastwood releases such as Paris Blue (Candid Records, 2005) or Songs From The Chateau (Candid Records, 2011) but song titles such ...

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Kyle Eastwood: Movies, Motown & Monterey

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Bassist/composer Kyle Eastwood can whistle. It's a talent to which few musicians lay claim, but it's one which he puts to good use on his version of Bob Haggart's “Big Noise (From Winnetka)," a tune that serves as a popular encore to his live set. The fact that Eastwood whistles in concert says much about the man and his approach to jazz--slightly self-effacing, good-natured, with a quiet confidence in his own talent and an awareness of the importance of emotion in the making of great music. All of that translates into the creation of some beautifully melodic compositions, and the ...

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Kyle Eastwood: Songs From The Chateau

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Kyle Eastwood's career encompasses the writing of film soundtracks, as well as the life of a jazz composer, bandleader and bassist. On those seemingly rare occasions when he isn't working, Eastwood spends much of his time in France. Songs From The Chateau is his fifth album since 1998's debut, From There To Here (Sony), and his fourth for British Candid label. It finds Eastwood recording in the country he loves, at the 15th century Chateau Couronneau in the Bordeaux region. From drummer Martyn Kaine's first emphatic beats on “Marciac," this album simply bursts with energy and, to ...

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Kyle Eastwood: Metropolitain

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Recorded in Paris, Kyle Eastwood's Metropolitain achieves an original jazz sound that combines the tradition of his father, Clint's record collection with a new generation of influences. He hasn't fallen prey to any gimmicks of style and is carving out his own musical voice with elements that combine to appeal to a broad audience. Anyone who has seen a movie recently will realize that modern jazz remains a big partner in bringing emotions to life.

Eastwood and writing partner Michael Stevens have contributed to the scores for several of Clint Eastwood's recent films; among them: Changeling (2008), Flags ...

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Kyle Eastwood: Paris Blue

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At last! A recording firmly planted in the jazz tradition of Charles Mingus, but updated and as fresh as this morning's brew. Bassist Kyle Eastwood has brought together a collection of (mostly) original compositions and mixed them with programmed or hip-hop rhythms underneath a mainstream horn section to create an accessible yet challenging listen.

On the original “Marrakech," Michael Stevens' keyboards and programming create an exotic Middle Eastern flavor that melds perfectly with the serpentine soprano sax and mourning duduk. “Solferino" creates a mood of haunting moonlight sonatas, featuring the dark and forboding tenor saxophone of Doug Webb. A Freddie ...

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Kyle Eastwood: From There To Here

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When Kyle Eastwood’s quartet performed in Southern California three years ago the bassist proved to audiences that his focus was on the melody. Playing standards such as “Body And Soul," “All The Things You Are," and “In A Sentimental Mood," the leader was careful to state the melodies first and let them settle before launching into improvised adventures. While it’s true that “everybody talks during the bass solo," Eastwood and tenor saxophonist Doug Webb had the audience’s ear because they were offering a product that contained both quality and comfort.

Recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, the recording features: Eastwood’s ...



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