Kyle Eastwood Delivered A Solid Performance
Kyle Eastwood, a talented jazz bassist and composer, is not merely trading on his family name (yes, his father is Clint). I took a chance when I decided to see him perform at Regattabar last week, and I am delighted I did.
I did not know, but should have realized, that Kyle was raised with much music in his life and it shows. He clearly has a passion for the jazz tradition.
My first impression was that Kyle is a nice person who does not take his audiences for granted. When he walked in to check his instruments before the show started, he seemed relaxed and greeted a number of people he knew, as well as those he did not – such as me.
Once the show started, he showed how seriously he takes his music. Despite being at ease, he is a professional who was concerned with making his music sound as good as possible. I thought this was one of the best mixes I have heard at this venue or anywhere; I was sitting close enough that I could have been listening through their monitors, but I heard every instrument individually and together.
He has assembled a terrific quintet playing what has become a more typical array of instruments. In addition to Kyle on both acoustic and electric bass, his band consists of Alex Norris on trumpet, Jason Rigby on saxophones, Rick Germanson on piano, and Joe Strasser on drums.
They are all quite talented and I enjoyed their solos. I also loved the respect they showed one another by stepping back and letting their band mate take the spotlight.
Kyle has been making music for nearly thirty years, but did not release his first album until 1998. His most recent release, Time Pieces, was released last month. He has also composed the scores of a number of the films his father produced and/or directed; at this show, they played the theme from Letters from Iwo Jima.
After the show, Kyle chatted with me for a minute as they headed to the merchandise table. He’s a class act who proved that while his name may have gotten his foot in the door, he wouldn’t have stayed in the room if he did not have the talent he has.
I look forward to seeing him perform again; I do not know how often he comes to the US to play (I believe he lives in France), so if you are interested, grab the opportunity when you can.
Ticket courtesy of Regattabar; all opinions are my own.
Posted on April 5, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Alex Norris, boston, concert photos, concert review, Jason Rigby, jazz, Joe Strasser, Kyle Eastwood, Letters from Iwo Jima, Regattabar, Rick Germanson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.