March 18 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
It has been 15 years since bassist Kyle Eastwood burst onto the jazz scene with his 1998 debut, From There To Here. At that moment in his budding career, the press seemed more preoccupied with his paternal lineage (he’s the son of famed actor-director Clint Eastwood) than his music. Over the course of the four subsequent releases – 2004’s Paris Blue, 2005’s Now, 2009’s Metropolitan and 2011’s Songs from the Chateau – Eastwood built up an impressive body of work while earning respect in musician circles. With his sixth release as a leader, The View From Here on the JazzVillage label, he demonstrates a strong command of both electric and upright basses while expanding into more adventurous territory that is informed as much by jazz as it is by world music. “I’ve always loved music from other countries,” says the Carmel, California native who has resided in Paris for the past eight years. “Living in France, you hear a lot of North African and Middle Eastern music, and you can hear some of those influences on this new recording.”
Tickets are $25 for general admission; $45 for premium and $65 for VIP.
Kyle Eastwood’s The View From Here and Mulatu Astatke’s Sketches of Ethiopia are Best Albums of 2013 at CKUA Radio Network in Alberta!
"Kyle Eastwood The View From Here (Jazz Village) Available on: iTunes Yes, son of THAT Eastwood. Based in France, Kyle Eastwood counts continuous exposure to North African and Middle Eastern rhythms as an integral influence on this music - and this album does groove. Meaty horns deliver melodies that grab. Eastwood’s bass sings with a guitar-like fluidity.” http://ow.ly/t2uUv
"Mulatu Astatke Sketches of Ethiopia (Jazz Village) Available on: iTunes …A legend in his own country, although he has studied, toured and recorded in both the U.S. and Europe, this is the first time one of his own albums has been given broad international distribution. To coin a phrase, “It’s about time.” This remarkably rich album is a gift from start to finish.” http://ow.ly/t2uXS
Kyle Eastwood tours the US this March with shows in Denver, Phoenix, Washington DC and more! He also has a 6-night residency at the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC. Check out his tour schedule here: http://ow.ly/sCrVQ
"The famous name is only one part of what Kyle Eastwood brings to his art; the other three are the ingenuity of his technique on his chosen instrument, the unbridled talent for composition and the creativity of his ideas that he brings to music. All of these aspects of Mr. Eastwood are eminently discernible on the music on The View from Here, a dense record full of musical allegory; rich in allusion and even displaying a puckish sense of humour, while always remaining romantic in the purest sense of the term…
Whether he is playing the deliciously ravishing double bass or the sleeker and racy electric bass, Kyle Eastwood seems to have the fingers for both. Moreover his are the fingers of a pianist. His left hand is never stuck merely in the harmonic realm and even when it is, it is far from predictable. Mr. Eastwood plays with ravishing colours often turning the pieces he is interpreting into large musical canvases on which he and the other principal characters run lines that are beautiful, challenging and full of the vim and verve of elegant dancers…”
On The View From Here, his sixth release as a leader, bassist Kyle Eastwood and his accomplished band take the listener on an excursion through a wide range of styles, rhythms and moods. Eastwood may be the bandleader, but The View From Here is very much an ensemble recording, with everyone getting ample opportunity to shine.
The album kicks off with the lively, sparkling Latin-jazz tune “From Rio to Havana.” Pianist Andrew McCormack drives the sprightly rhythm, with saxophonist Graeme Blevins and trumpeter Quentin Collins joining to establish the melody before improvising individually around it. Then the pace slows with the stately, slightly somber ballad “For M.E.,” Eastwood’s tribute to his mother that includes an agile electric bass solo.
"…As bass players go, Eastwood’s something of a virtuoso – he can play funky slapped licks on the electric bass a la Marcus Miller but is also adroit on the stand-up acoustic double bass and uses a bow as well to play melodies and create effects. But, surprisingly, perhaps, Eastwood didn’t begin playing music on the bass: "I started on piano and got really interested in bass and drums. After that, I guess when I was about ten or eleven, I started playing some drums a little but my parents - for some reason (he laughs at the recollection) - didn’t want to buy a drum kit. I’d taken piano for while and then just picked up the electric bass and started teaching myself. It just came naturally really. So I started getting really into bass players. I started just figuring out Motown tunes, R&B stuff, reggae and all kinds of stuff like that. That was the kind of early stuff I started teaching myself to do. James Jamerson (legendary Motown bass player) was definitely an influence…"
World Village has forged itself a reputation for excellence on the international musical scene in just a few short years. Seeking out talents from all around the world, carefully designed covers and booklets: these are the key values of the label, which is run by four producers working between France, the USA, Spain and the UK, who pursue an ambitious signing policy.
Jazz Village, the newest label in the Harmonia Mundi family, allows audiences to experience the best of current jazz music, from Europe to the Americas, from traditional to modern, through urban soul and new sound crossbreeds. On the menu: a dozen yearly releases featuring musical veterans, young idols and bright emerging talents.