255

Kyle Eastwood: From There To Here

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
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 quartet with 3 originals, a big band with 5 arrangements from Vince Mendoza, and 2 more songs with small ensemble. Vocalists Joni Mitchell, Julia Fordham, and Diana King sit in for one track each. Kyle Eastwood shares the spotlight on most numbers and provides creative acoustic bass solo segments. The quartet includes Eastwood, Webb, pianist Matt McGuire, and drummer Kendall Kay. McGuire’s composition "Watch, Watch" is a dramatic up-tempo modern mainstream piece with an exciting drive to it. Similarly, "Chaff and Grain" and "Da Da Ba Ba Nu Nu" explore contemporary harmonic and rhythmic concepts in an acoustic format. The pure tone of Webb’s soprano saxophone floats above "Chaff and Grain," which – at eight and a half minutes – is the longest piece as well as the session’s highlight.

Joni Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Plas Johnson (who readers may remember as the original Pink Panther sax man) deliver Marvin Gaye’s blues-drenched "Trouble Man." Diana King’s dramatic "Why Can’t We Live Together" maintains the seriousness of Timmy Thomas’s lyrics while she and tenor saxophonist David Sanchez drive the message home. Julia Fordham’s clear alto voice and Oscar Brashear’s big fat trumpet stand in front of the big band for "In the Wee Small Hours (of the Morning)." Similarly, soprano saxophonist Steve Tavaglione and pianist Billy Childs reap the orchestra’s arrangement of McGuire’s ballad "Solace." Trumpeter Sal Marquez guests on the hard bop "Enter Evening," which serves to demonstrate the function of bassist as rhythm-maker. Webb’s composition "Stanley Hill Drive" and Tom Waits’ "I Beg Your Pardon" feature trumpeter Mark Isham and saxophonist Sanchez with the big band. Kyle Eastwood’s debut recording proves his love of good acoustic jazz and reveals a stand-up bass talent that emphasizes the melody. Highly recommended.

Track Listing: Stanley Hill Drive; Watch, Watch; I Beg Your Pardon; Trouble Man; Why Can

| Record Label: Columbia Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Reflections CD/LP/Track Review Reflections
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Back In Your Own Backyard CD/LP/Track Review Back In Your Own Backyard
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin' CD/LP/Track Review Greatest Licks - I Feel Like Singin'
by Chris Mosey
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Through The Glass CD/LP/Track Review Through The Glass
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 25, 2017
Read Circles CD/LP/Track Review Circles
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: March 24, 2017
Read "Negative Spaces" CD/LP/Track Review Negative Spaces
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 8, 2016
Read "Night Music" CD/LP/Track Review Night Music
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 4, 2016
Read "Miles Smiles" CD/LP/Track Review Miles Smiles
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: July 2, 2016
Read "Stinger" CD/LP/Track Review Stinger
by Joe Gatto
Published: January 22, 2017
Read "Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004" CD/LP/Track Review Live in Sant'Anna Arresi 2004
by Mark Corroto
Published: December 13, 2016
Read "Absurdist Theater" CD/LP/Track Review Absurdist Theater
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 9, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!