To be a jazz bassist is to volunteer to hide your light under a bushel on a permanent basis. Even the greatest bass players—Milt Hinton, Grachan Moncur, Percy Heath, Ron Carter—labor in obscurity. Yet Eastwood contents himself with that self-effacing role, even though, as the son of Clint Eastwood, he'd be forgiven for coveting the spotlight.
On this debut album his deliberate, subdued, upright bass lines are kept in the background, and what comes to the fore is cool ensemble jazz. Eastwood defers to a number of talented guest musicians and vocalists (including Joni Mitchell, who offers a delicate version of Marvin Gaye's "Trouble Man"), and the result is ideal jazz for a rainy early morning or a listless drive. Much of the individual musical talent among Eastwood offspring would seem to rest with Alison Eastwood, who sang in her dad's 1997 movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But Kyle has a leader's rare ability to let his band get the glory.
Bottom Line: Music that a jazz-loving dad can be proud of