Kyle Eastwood Releases "Time Pieces" And Tours The U.S.
Jazz double-bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood has released a new album Time Pieces on Jazz Village. Organized around his quintet's often collective compositions, Eastwood offers a couple of covers (Herbie Hancock and Horace Silver) that show his passion for lyrical hard bop, and a fresh interpretation of one of his compositions for the cinema — one of the main focal points of Eastwood's career. Full of melodic elegance and a sustained sense of groove, Time Pieces puts us right at the heart of a modern, contemporary jazz songbook. Eastwood is joined by Brandon Allen on sax, Quentin Collins on trumpet and flugelhorn, Andre McCormack on piano and drummer Ernesto Simpson.
The album is a Recording of The Month on Soundstage! and was called "nothing short of amazing" by Smooth Jazz Magazine. Eastwood and his band are on tour now in the U.S. with remaining concerts in Burlington (IA), Indianapolis (IN) and Grosse Pointe (MI). The tour included residencies at the Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City and at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago; the latter was praised in The Chicago Tribune: "there was no denying the excitement, virtuosity or communicative urgency of this music...this was an inarguably dynamic performance suggesting that Chicago listeners need to hear Eastwood far more often than we have."
"This is very good jazz disc by an accomplished veteran player...The soloing here is plentiful, robust and sometimes blistering and virtuosic, whether the tune is fusion or hard bop."
- The Buffalo News
"'Caipirinha'...features great tandem playing by Quentin Collins and Brandon Allen [and] several incredible solos by Kyle and Brandon Allen...Time Pieces is an excellent recording and one that deserves to be in your collection"