Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The View from Here

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

The View from Here

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Kyle Eastwood

The View From Here

Jazz Village

Graeme Flowers (tp, flgn) Graeme Blevins (ss, ts) Andrew McCormack (p) Kyle Eastwood (b, el-b) Martyn Kaine (d, vcl)

From Rio To Havana/For M.E./The View From Here/Sirocco/Luxor/Une Nuit Au Senegal/The Way Home/The Promise/Mistral/Summer Gone/ Route De La Buissone

It wasn't until I sat down to write this review that it occurred to me that Kyle Eastwood looked a little like some old actor. A quick Google search confirmed that he is indeed Clint's son - a fact I am just as happy I was unaware of when I listened to the music on this CD.

All of these tracks are originals by Eastwood and various members of the group, which clearly is a unit that values cooperation. Most deserve to be called "compositions" rather than "tunes." The arrangements are integral to the pieces and are not simply blowing vehicles - not everyone solos on every track, which is a very healthy development. In general, the style is a take on the acoustic jazz tradition of the early 1960s, but it also incorporates some of the dance grooves and rock influence that began to be part of jazz in the 1990s. A track like "Sirocco" also brings in some gospel influence with the hand claps adding to the rhythm and setting up McCormack's best solo of the date, although his feature on "Mistral" (the only tune on the album not by Eastwood - it is credited solely to Flowers) is also impressive. …

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