Kyle Eastwood + Quintet + Czech NSO – ‘Eastwood Symphonic’

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Kyle Eastwood, along with his quintet and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, directed by Gast Waltzing, present a unique musical journey in their latest album ‘Eastwood Symphonic’, a tribute to the cinematic legacy of Kyle’s father, Clint Eastwood.

Kyle Eastwood

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Embracing the Eastwood Legacy

For some musicians, having a famous parent like Clint Eastwood might lead them to change their name to avoid accusations of nepotism. However, Kyle Eastwood has always embraced his father’s influence on his career, using it as a source of inspiration. With nine albums under his belt, it’s evident that Kyle’s talent and hard work have propelled him to where he is today.

In ‘Eastwood Symphonic’, Kyle takes music from his father’s vast cinematic repertoire, both as an actor and director, and infuses it with a jazz twist, celebrating his family’s legacy in the process.

The Album Lineup

Joining Kyle Eastwood’s quintet on this album are Andrew McCormack (keyboard), Brandon Allen (saxophone), Quentin Collins (trumpet), and Chris Higginbottom (drums). The Czech National Symphony Orchestra, led by Gast Waltzing, provides an expansive tonal palette to reinterpret twelve well-known tunes.

Andrew McCormack

Brandon Allen

Quentin Collins

Chris Higginbottom

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Gast Waltzing

Refreshing the Classics

While some bands and musicians might ‘go orchestral’ as a gimmick, in ‘Eastwood Symphonic’ it feels like a natural progression of Kyle’s composing skills, which have been showcased in his contributions to Clint Eastwood’s films such as ‘Gran Torino’ and ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’. The combination of a quintet and an orchestra gives Kyle the opportunity to be expansive while staying true to his jazz roots.

Album Highlights and Impressions

From the opening track ‘Overture’, which sets the cinematic tone, to the reimagining of Lalo Schifrin’s ‘Magnum Force’, the album offers a mix of styles and moods. The reinterpretation of Ennio Morricone’s themes from ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly’ adds a fresh layer of jazz improvisation while respecting the original composition.

Arguably, the standout track is the ‘Dirty Harry’ theme, which features Kyle’s groovy electric bass and the horns pumping out the iconic anti-hero’s theme. Overall, ‘Eastwood Symphonic’ is an enjoyable album, showcasing the quintet’s talents and paying homage to Clint Eastwood’s illustrious career.

Release Details

‘Eastwood Symphonic’ will be released on September 1, 2023, available on CD, double vinyl album, and all major streaming and download services, including Dolby Atmos. A special 40-page book and 10-inch vinyl disc featuring a bonus track and a conversation between Clint and Kyle about the impact of music on filmmaking will also be released, along with a documentary film produced by ARTE.

Eastwood Symphonic website

About Me

I’m Dr. Miles Beaumont from the charming town of York in the UK. I’ve spent over three decades as a medical doctor, helping people and contributing to important research. I graduated from Oxford University, and ever since, I’ve devoted myself to improving the health and lives of others.

When I’m not practicing medicine, you’ll find me soaking up the world of jazz music. It’s been a passion of mine since I turned 30, and I’ve been an active part of York’s jazz scene ever since. Whether it’s going to local gigs, listening to records at home, or just enjoying the rhythmic and improvisational magic of jazz, it’s a big part of who I am.