Bassist Kyle Eastwood is an in-demand perfomer 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; 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 Metropolitain, which featured appearances by drummer Manu Katche, keyboardist Eric Legnini, and trumpeter Till Brönner. Also 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 paired with 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 apperance by saxophonist Stefano Di Battista. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Jazz - Released October 20, 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
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