(via Kyle Eastwood – The View from Here)
"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.
(via HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE – KYLE EASTWOOD SPEAKS TO SJF)
"…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…"
"If you want your jazz with no frills or gimmicks, yet not sounding like it’s dependant on yesterday’s stars, give bassist/composer Kyle Eastwood and his touring band a listen.” - Jazz Weekly on The View From Here.
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(via Kyle Eastwood, Larry Coryell and Sons - A Magical Guitar Night at The Blue Note | GuitarInternational.com)
"…Eastwood’s band at The Blue Note was tight, top-notch and obviously loving playing together. Eastwood’s playing is strong and supple, featuring a wide vibrato that almost makes him sound like he’s playing a fretless instrument at times—shades of David Sylvian and Japan…
Debra Devi: Can you tell me about the Gibson bass you designed?
Kyle Eastwood: It’s not really a Gibson per se, it was designed by Bunny Brunel and myself and a guy at the Gibson Custom shop made five or six prototypes, two of which I kept and customized some more myself. It’s still the bass I use – I shaped the neck so it’s skinnier under the higher strings and it’s just balanced ergonomically the way I like. I try a lot of other basses but never seem to find one I like quite as well…
Debra: How did you get into African influences?
Kyle Eastwood: I’ve been exposed to a lot of African music living in France and I did some research into South African music when I was writing music for the film Invictus. And living in France I’ve had the chance to travel a lot through North Africa. There are also a lot of Senegalese musicians in France – I haven’t been to Senegal but I’ve gotten to hear a lot of Senegalese music…
Debra: Any jazz influences that come to mind for this album?
Kyle Eastwood: I’m drawn to Charles Mingus and other jazz payers from the fifties and sixties. He’s a great role model for me as a bassist who was also a bandleader and composer. Art Blakely’s groups, too, from the late fifties, early sixties I’ve always liked that sound, and writing for a group with two horns, like mine. Without having to actually travel around with a big band! [laughs]
I grew up listening to sixties and seventies funk and really digging it. That’s the stuff that made me want to pick up the bass. I started teaching myself those songs…”
(via Kyle Eastwood, The Concorde Club (From Daily Echo))
"…It was fitting that he should have kicked off his nationwide tour at Eastleigh’s Concorde Club.
…He demonstrated great technical prowess as he switched effortlessly from double to electric bass. Although very much the star, he modestly allows his musicians to showcase their array of talents. There were some superb solo contributions from Andrew McCormack (piano) Graeme Blevins (tenor saxophone) Quentin Collins (trumpet) and Chris Higginbottom (drums) And the Concorde audience were taken on a journey which has inspired Eastwood’s compositions, stopping off at Paris, Rio de Janeiro and Morocco.
…After two sets Kyle and his band were deservedly given a standing ovation”
(via Kyle Eastwood Band | The Lincolnite)
"Kyle Eastwood , who will be appearing at the Lincoln Drill Hall with his band this Friday May 3, has his famous father to thank for introducing him to the world of jazz…
This band’s music is sharp, funky and very accessible taking sideways glances at rock and fusion and will appeal to a wide ‘cross-over’ audience of modern music fans, according to Lincoln’s NewJazz5. His band, which features predominantly British musicians, tours extensively in Europe and the US.”
You can also tune in above to Richard Bacon on BBC Radio 5 live for a longer interview with Kyle Eastwood.
“What got you interested in jazz? ‘Going to see it live.’”
The View From Here is available on iTunes: