Eastwood Symphonic Kyle Eastwood & Clint Eastwood
- 1Eastwood Overture04:15
- 2Magnum Force "Main Theme"03:42
- 3Gran Torino "Main Theme"05:11
- 4Bridges of Madison County "Doe Eyes Theme"05:37
- 5Eiger Sanction "Main Theme"08:29
- 6The Good, the Bad and the Ugly "Main Theme"07:32
- 7Unforgiven "Claudia's Theme"03:54
- 8Letters from Iwo Jima "Main Theme"07:49
- 9Dirty Harry "Main Theme"07:19
- 10Changeling "Main Theme"07:07
- 11Flags of Our Fathers "Main Theme"07:52
- 12A Fistful of Dollars "Main Theme"06:10
Info for Eastwood Symphonic
Eastwood Symphonic is a tribute from a son to his father, legendary actor, director and musician. It also bears witness of an artistic legacy, of the transmission of personal passions that are so close to each other that they merge as often as they can.
We will (re)discover here that Clint wrote the music of some of his films, and that his son Kyle has collaborated with him on some of his soundtracks, for composition and arrangements.
“In the Eastwood Symphonic, KYLE EASTWOOD, his jazz quintet, and a symphony orchestra perform 13 soundtracks from my film library. Kyle took some of the most memorable songs, themes, and master collaborations and merged classical and jazz together to salute the pictures’ original directors, composers, arrangers, and conductors. We were honored to have arrangements and baton by the great Gast Waltzing. It is truly a sight to see, and we hope you enjoy the show.” – Clint Eastwood
The Eastwood Symphonic Project is a musical project led by American jazz musician and composer Kyle Eastwood. The project features his quintet along with a 65-piece orchestra performing the movie themes from his father, Clint Eastwood’s movies.
Kyle Eastwood, born in Los Angeles in 1968, is the son of legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood. He grew up in a family of musicians and developed a passion for music from a young age. He started playing the bass guitar as a child and later attended the University of Southern California, where he studied music and played in jazz clubs around Los Angeles.
Kyle Eastwood’s musical career took off in the 1990s when he formed his own jazz band and released his first album, “From There to Here,” in 1998. He has since released several critically acclaimed albums and collaborated with a number of other musicians, including his father. Kyle has also contributed to the soundtracks of several films.
The Eastwood Symphonic Project was initiated by Kyle Eastwood with the goal of bringing together his jazz quintet and an orchestra to perform the movie themes from his father’s films such as Gran Torino, Letters From Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers and Bridges of Madison County.
The orchestral arrangements were done by Luxembourg composer and arranger Gast Waltzing.
The Eastwood Symphonic Project is a testament to Kyle Eastwood’s musical talent and his ability to blend jazz and orchestral music seamlessly. The project has brought a unique and captivating performance to audiences around the world and has solidified Kyle Eastwood’s place as a respected musician and composer in the music industry.
With their impeccable musicianship and boundless creativity, the Eastwood Symphonic Project has garnered acclaim from music enthusiasts around the world. Their ability to effortlessly combine the spontaneity of jazz with the grandeur of orchestral arrangements has made them a captivating force in the music industry.
Kyle Eastwood, double bass, direction
Eastwood Symphonic Orchestra
Gast Waltzing, conductor
grew up in Carmel, California as the eldest son of actor Clint Eastwood. While doing his homework Kyle remembers listening to records of jazz stars such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis playing in the house. His father had been attending the Monterey Jazz Festival since it began in 1958 and when his children were born it became a yearly family outing. Kyle’s childhood had jazz as its soundtrack and he credits his father with introducing him to the joys of the bass line. Kyle’s first memory of playing music was when Clint taught him how to play the left hand bass line of “Boogie Woogie” while he played the right hand solo over the top.
Initially studying film, Kyle soon realized that jazz was his true passion. After years of paying his dues gigging around Los Angeles and New York, his debut album From Here to There was released on Sony in 1998.
Showing his ability as an accomplished composer, Kyle began working in film with a contribution to the score for Mystic River. The film later won two Academy Awards.
In 2004, Kyle signed to Candid Records, one of the leading independent jazz labels in the UK, and released his second album Paris Blue. It resonates with swing, groove, and funk overtones. Kyle says, “My roots remain in jazz but I like adding all kinds of different flavors.” The album climbed to No. 1 on the French Jazz charts.
Not satisfied with just a critically acclaimed record, Kyle expanded his film work , composing three pieces of music for the 2004 blockbuster Million Dollar Baby. The film won four Academy Awards.
Kyle’s third album Now was released in 2006. It features songs written by Ben Cullum and collaborations with BBC Jazz Award winner pianist Andrew McCormack, as well as other musicians that make up the who’s who of the London jazz scene. With tracks ranging from the post-modern jazz modalities of the title track, through the flirtatious melodies of “Let’s Play” to the moody electronic groove of “September Nights,” Now captured listeners worldwide.
In 2007 and 2008, Kyle delivered Now to live audiences on 3 continents. His performances with his live band have sold out venues and received the highest critical acclaim. Kyle has also managed to fit in composing soundtracks for a number of Clint Eastwood films including Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima Gran Torino and Invictus.
Kyle Eastwood’s latest record, Metropolitain, is due to be released in June 2009 in the US. It was recorded in Paris and includes collaborations with some of the artists he admires most on the current scene: drummer Manu Katche, trumpeter Till Bronner, French star vocalist Camille and pianist Eric Legnini.
Co-produced by Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Kyle’s long term writing partner Michael Stevens, the album captured the attention of the jazz world with its forward thinking style and the gathering of some of the cream of today’s jazz musicians. When he is not on tour, Kyle spends much of his time between Paris and Los Angeles and is very much at home in France, so it was natural to look there for an ideal place where he and his musicians could relax for a few days and allow their creative juices to flow. Such a place turned out to be the fabulous 15th Century Couronneau in Ligueux, deep in classic Bordeaux country, and Songs From The Chateau was born. To capture the authentic sound of the all star band Kyle has on display, producer Crofton Orr and the engineering of Simone Griva were enlisted. Also on board was long time collaborator Michael Stevens (co-writer with Kyle on the scores for films including Changeling and Gran Torino).
The record itself contains more than a casual nod towards France, Kyle’s second country. The opener Marciac, scene of the famous jazz festival where Kyle played in 2010, gets the programme underway in impressive fashion as drummer Martyn Kaine ushers in authoritative and fluent solo contributions from the two Graemes (Flowers and Blevins, on trumpet and saxophone, respectively), whilst the admirably atmospheric Moon Over Couronneau shows off the impressive talents of pianist Andrew McCormack. This is in turn underpinned by Kyle himself, who then comes to the fore on Aperitif – a sharpener that goes down very smoothly, in the best sense of the word.
Around Kyle, the band is tight through the album, and inventive highlights abound. The vivacious and aptly named Café Calypso sees Blevins getting deeply into the Caribbean grooves with his jaunty and spirited saxophone. The reflective tone of Soul Captain has some tasty McCormack piano complemented by Blevins’ soprano. Andalucía is descriptive, enhanced by Kyle’s virtuostic solo and hypnotic bass figure, permeated by the haunting trumpet of Graeme Flowers.
Flowers’ flugelhorn and Kyle’s stylish bass lead again on Over The Line while the album finishes with a fond reminiscence of you-know-who, Down At Ronnie’s. The band confidently struts its stuff with a highly charged dialogue between the horns, bringing to a close what may well be the best of Eastwood’s albums to date.
“At home we had music all the time. My father always made sure I listened to jazz. He took me to the Monterey Jazz Festival every year. What was really great was that being the son of Clint gave me backstage access to all the gigs and I was very fortunate to meet and talk with Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis and all the legends…” (Kyle Eastwood)
A worldwide tour in Japan, Europe and United States will follow the release of the album.
This album contains no booklet.