Available languages: EnglishBassist Kyle Eastwood is an in-demand performer and bandleader whose sound straddles the line between straight-ahead acoustic post-bop and contemporary jazz. The son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, Eastwood inherited his father's well-known love of jazz music, becoming a respected session player during the early '90s and later fronting his own quartet. In 1998, he issued his solo debut, From There to Here. He then returned with the pop- and soul-influenced Paris Blue in 2005 and Now in 2006. Three years later, Eastwood delivered the contemporary-leaning Metropolitan, which featured appearances by drummer Manu Katche, keyboardist Eric Legnini, and trumpeter Till Brönner. During this period, he also supplied music to several of his father's films, including Letters to Iwo Jima, Invictus, and J. Edgar. He then joined trumpeter Graeme Flowers and saxophonist Graeme Blevins for 2011's Songs from the Chateau. The bassist then signed with the Jazz Village label and delivered 2013's The View from Here, followed by 2015's Timepieces. In 2017, he returned with his eighth studio album, In Transit, featuring a guest appearance by saxophonist Stefano Di Battista, and in 2019 he issued the aptly named Cinematic, which was comprised of music from films.
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Jazz - Verschenen op 8 november 2019 | Discograph
Of course, with a name like Eastwood, the world of film is never very far away. It even takes a central role in Kyle Eastwood’s aptly named Cinematic. The American double bassist exclusively covers film music themes here (Taxi Driver, Bullitt, Charade, Skyfall, Down the Ancient Staircase, The Pink Panther, The Thomas Crown Affair), including three directed by his legendary father (Gran Torino, Unforgiven and The Eiger Sanction). These themes are all closely linked to composers of a high calibre (Lalo Schifrin, Ennio Morricone, Michel Legrand, Bernard Herrmann, Henry Mancini and even John Williams) and in some cases, have entered into the collective subconscious… Classy and classic, Eastwood’s refined approach is supported by his exacting tone. With help from the pianist Andrew McCormack, saxophonist Brandon Allen, trumpeter Quentin Collins, drummer Chris Higginbottom, and on two tracks, the voices of French singer Camille Bertault and Brit Hugh Coltman, Kyle Eastwood never tries to undermine the spirit of this music, but rather seeks to envelop them in velvety tones to further tie together their melodic power. Having composed several scores for his father (The Rookie, Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of our Fathers, Changeling, Gran Torino, Invictus), he understands the evocative visual power of these pieces of music and makes sure never to overshadow this power with improvisations which are too busy. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
Jazz - Verschenen op 20 oktober 2017 | Jazz Village
Since From There To Here, his first disc as a leader released in 1998, Kyle Eastwood has had time to make a… well, a first name for himself. Taken to jazz concerts by his renowned father from an early age, the American bass player knows his classics (hard bop forever!) and has managed to make them his own and create his own musical language. Recorded in April 2017 at the Studio Sextant La Fonderie in Malakoff, France, by sound engineer Vincent Mahey, In Transit represents a straight continuation of his art. With true accomplices (pianist Andrew McCormack and trumpet player Quentin Collins have been there for almost twelve years, while saxophonist Brandon Allen, part of the quintet adventure since Timepieces, gives the impression of having been there since the beginning), Eastwood pens here a very mature disc, despite its apparent simplicity. Covers of standards (Count Basie’s (Blues In Hoss’ Flat, Charles Mingus’ Boogie Stop Shuffle), of less conventional pieces (Monk’s We See) and original compositions, the bass player makes here the decision to play music both personal and anonymous, current and timeless, spontaneous in its expression and in line with a certain jazz heritage. Invited on four tracks (among which the beautiful Love Theme from the movie Cinema Paradiso composed by Ennio Morricone), the great Italian saxophonist Stefano Di Battista enriches the sound of the formation with the incandescent lyricism of his generous style based on a complete physical and emotional involvement. A way for Kyle Eastwood to prove to skeptics that juggling with a jazz heritage like this and original compositions can give birth, time and again, to very lively music. Finally, with this disc of a rare elegance, we understand that it’s jazz itself that’s in transit. And ad vitam aeternam… © CM/Qobuz