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CD Review: Kyle Eastwood "The View From Here" 03/12/13
March 20, 2013  

      Release Date: 03/12/13 

 

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Track Listings

 

1. From Rio To Havana

2. For M.E 

3. The View From Here 

4. Sirocco   

5. Luxor

6. Une nuit au Senegal 

7. The Way Home 

8. The Promise  

 9. Mistral 

10. Summer Gone  

11. Route de la Buissonne 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review By: James Shatley

 

Label: Jazz Village 
 


 

Kyle Eastwood "The View From Here’ 

 

First off, I want to send out a heartfelt, ‘thank you’ to Clint Eastwood. I don’t know the man but as did my father, he fostered a love of Jazz music in Kyle and we’re all richer for it. I know that Clint is an accomplished pianist and composer/arranger, so it comes as no surprise that Kyle has the support of his father. For that, I am grateful, for “The View From Here” is a superb roots Jazz album. With influences like Stan Kenton, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck and likely a host of others, this album, for those who appreciate an earlier era of jazz music will love this one. Having seen the likes of Chuck Mangione, Dave Brubeck, The 1 o’clock Lab Band, Weather Report, Pat Metheny and a number of others at my alma mater, North Texas State (renown for their Jazz program), this album takes me back to my formative years and what a joy to the ears this is!

 

What’s the recipe for a really fine musical effort? Start with the support of parents whom appreciate good music, add years honing your chops as a session bassist, throw in fifteen years of producing music for movie scores and your own albums, pepper in some of England’s most talented Jazz musicians and you have a well baked, delicious taste for the ears.

 

I must confess to not knowing anything about Kyle or his music. That said, it gives me a fresh look at some familiar rhythms. Those familiar rhythms lead me back to those days of listening to Bill Evans, Passport or Oscar Peterson and I realize just how much some of today’s Jazz music has gone in a different direction. Not to say that’s a bad thing, far from it. There is great music being created today, but when you strip the music down to its essentials, the concept of Kyle’s album shines through. Done with minimal takes and giving free reign to improvisation, this is a work that I will be listening to many, many times. I would love to see more of those that make a living in this line of work, occasionally go back to the influences that got them started in the first place and pay homage to those inspirations. It is important to hold those performers close; it keeps the state of the art truer. Some may disagree, however “The View From Here” proves there is still more to explore, but enough of my soapbox preaching. On to the music…

 

“The View From Here” is made up of eleven tracks, all of which satisfy.  First up ‘From Rio to Havana,’ this up-tempo song has a easy, fluid feel. The piano and bass work crisply together to form a foundation from which the trumpet and sax can let loose. It’s a great way to start the album. Next comes ‘For M.E.’ with chill sounds and a soothing soundscape. I love the way that spaces come into this song. Kyle shows some of his chops on this song too. Too cool. Next is the title track, ‘The View from Here’ - a nice syncopated ditty with a nasty (in a good way) time signature. The more I listen here, the more it hooks me. Following next, ‘Sirocco’ offers many changes that blend a driving bass, a palette from which the piano does the talking. I love the obvious improv on this one. ‘Luxor’ has such a languid, slow tonal voice; I would imagine all the guys had fun sitting in the groove and riding this one out. It reminded me of that image of cool cats, in dark club basements, neon behind the bar, laying down the groove and couples listening or whispering in the shadows. You know the one. ‘Une Nuit au Sénégal’ or ‘A Night in Senegal’ arrives with a pleasing, steady bass line and some jammin’ trumpet. The saxophone and trumpet start trading licks and really raise the temperature. Kyle has a nice solo on this song. This one will hook you, for sure! Next, ‘The Way Home’ makes nice use of the upright bass and has a familiar flair. ‘The Promise’ trades sax and trumpet voices in a melancholy cry of desire. Kyle’s bass plays a plaintiff refrain. Taking a mysterious path, ‘Mistral’ starts with a slow, simple beat. The accents are savory on this one and build to a big finish. ‘Summer Gone’ has a classic, syncopated rhythm. This would be one to see performed live. Finally ‘Route de la Buissonne’ takes a happier, lighter note and is a fine finish to a remarkable album.

 

In summary, I found that “The View From Here”, Kyle’s sixth album on the Jazz Village label is remarkable in its tradition, improvisation and talent. I really look forward to exploring more of his music and hope that he will, at some point, put Dallas / Ft. Worth or Denton, TX on his performance itinerary. Pick this up if you like your Jazz juicy, stripped-down and pure. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

 

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