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Kyle Eastwood: The View From Here

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.

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