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Kyle Eastwood: In Transit (Jazz Village)

Nearly two decades after the release of his debut, Kyle Eastwood—on his eighth album as a leader—pilots a strong band, writes solid material and plays the bass with brio. Listening to In Transit’s 10 tracks, including several originals and a few smartly chosen covers, one is struck by the obvious ebullience among the participants, and … Read More “Kyle Eastwood: In Transit (Jazz Village)”

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Kyle Eastwood: Time Pieces

Bassist Kyle Eastwood explores late-’50s and early ’60s hard bop on Time Pieces. Eastwood says that genre of jazz was a big influence on him, and he and his band-saxophonist Brandon Allen, trumpeter/flugelhornist Quentin Collins, pianist Andrew McCormack and drummer Ernesto Simpson-dig enthusiastically into its melodic, grooving style. Eastwood writes in the liner notes that … Read More “Kyle Eastwood: Time Pieces”

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Kyle Eastwood: Songs From the Chateau

Listeners unexcited by the glossy, beat-heavy, smoothness of 2005’s Paris Blue and its two successors will be pleasantly surprised by the direction Kyle Eastwood takes on Songs From the Chateau, his fifth album as a leader. The virtuoso bass doubler and his regular bandmates holed up on a 15th-century estate in the French countryside and … Read More “Kyle Eastwood: Songs From the Chateau”

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