Aug 23, 2011
I knocked Kyle Eastwood’s CD Metropolitan a few years back, writing that it failed to create a cohesive sound. Eastwood’s latest release, Songs from the Chateau, takes a big step in correcting that error, and stands as perhaps his finest studio work to date.
Maybe it’s that the bassist’s band – drummer Martyn Kaine, trumpeter Graeme Flowers, saxophonist Graeme Blevins and pianist Andrew McCormack - had been on tour for a long stretch, and much of this material and its arrangements were worked out on the road. Maybe it’s that the sound – hard bop with touches of Latin or Caribbean swing – permeates the tracks and makes them leap off the record. Maybe it’s the good vibes from the 15th Century chateau in Ligueux, France, where the recording took place. Or maybe Eastwood is coming into this own.
“Andalucia” allows Flowers to sound like Miles Davis circa Sketches of Spain, and he and Blevins meld beautifully on the impressionistic “Moon Over Couronneau”. The latter tune features a wonderful McCormack solo as well. Whether its Eastwood’s sublime bass on “Aperitif”, or the band’s bounce on “Café Calypso” and “Soul Captain”, this is fun listening.
Listen to streaming tracks from Songs from the Chateau by clicking here.