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Metropolitain

Kyle Eastwood

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Album Review

Kyle Eastwood's fourth recording takes the bassist into a populist mode, playing music much more on the contemporary side of the jazz dichotomy. Far from a mainstream or swinging date, the acoustic and electric bassist seems as if he's determined to compose music for the screenplay in his head from his time spent in Paris, France, where this was recorded. The fine drummer Manu Katche, keyboardist Eric Legnini, and trumpeter Till Brönner are focused into making this music less standardized and more rhythm & blues oriented. It's produced by longtime collaborator Michael Stevens with help from the son of Miles Davis, Erin Davis, and sports the quadruple attachment to Eastwood's Rendezvous production company and Chick Corea's manager, Ron Moss, from L.A., the legendary Candid label, and Detroit's Mack Avenue record company. Certainly a combined global team, it reflects the commercial nature of the music without selling out to the lowest common, so-called "smooth" denominator — a good thing indeed. Katche has much to do with the sonic image of this music, whether setting up 5/4 vamps on "Black Light," offering two-beat faux to real Brazilian beats on "Samba de Paris," or switching from light to heavy funk during "Le Balai." His greatest rhythmic contribution during "Rue Perdue" represents the street smart strut that dominates this paper thin melody, and drives the funky little line of "Hot Box," or "Bel Air" that parallels "A Night in Tunisia." The title track, urged by Legnini's minimalist piano juxtaposed against French vocalist Camille's wordless singing, while "Bold Changes" is not as its title suggests, but instead more like an ECM track in its spirit/soul, if not pop vein. Brönner is heard throughout the disc in a relegated, sparse role, while Eastwood only occasionally leads out the songs, most noticeably with Legnini for "Samba de Paris" and "Le Balai," but by himself in resonant tones for the harmonically based 6/8 rhythm of "Song for You." This is a credible effort with a degree of distinction, not so much cinematic as it is functional, and pleasant enough to reach an audience that does not depend on overt swing, virtuosity, or improvisation to make their ears tick. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Departure midway

Interesting departure from his previous two CD's, into a more personal and introspective sonic language. In contrast to the main album review this is easily a more main stream album, at least by american modern standards of the last twenty years, with a very accessible vocabulary, more adjusted to plenty of popular 'light' jazz rooms across America. Don't get me wrong, I did not say the musicianship was not there, compositionally or otherwise. Rather it seems as if a work in progress, in comparison say, to Jaco's seminal first album.
Enjoyable for casual listening, the highlights remaining in the compositions themselves. I do miss the very original sound of his two previous releases, certainly a fresh departure from the American way of modern 'listenable' jazz. Blue in Paris and Now are I believe a step above most music of its genre, whereas this present release it's somewhere midway towards discovering his own language.
i am looking forward to a new release.

Biography

Born: May 19, 1968 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '90s

The son of legendary actor Clint Eastwood, bassist Kyle Eastwood inherited his father's well-known love of jazz music, becoming a respected session player during the early '90s; later fronting his own quartet, he contributed a track to the 1997 Eastwood After Hours: Live at Carnegie Hall tribute LP, and a year later issued his solo debut,...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jun 02, 2009

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