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Motown influenced helped jazz Kyle Eastwood's music

For Journal Register Newspapers

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Jazz is his primary mileau. But Kyle Eastwood cites Motown as an indelible source for both his playing and songwriting style.

"When I first started playing bass, that was the kind of music I was figuring out and what I was teaching myself," says Eastwood, 44, the son of Clint Eastwood and his first wife, Maggie Johnson. "I was listening to James Jamerson and Duck Dunn, Willie Weeks, those kind of players at Motown and Stax. That was the music I've always loved and listened to, really.

"I still listen to that music. Being a bass player, those were pretty great grooves to listen to and learn from. That probably has influence on some of the stuff I write."

Eastwood has released six of his own albums, and he's worked on a variety of film scores -- including his father's "Gran Torino," which was filmed in the Detroit area. This year, in fact, he's celebrating the 15th anniversary of his first release "From There to Here," which he nods to the on the title of his latest album, "The View From Here."

"I thought that bookended the two a little bit," Eastwood says. "That was sort of consciously done, although I didn't realize it had been that long. I think I've grown a lot as a musician and a composer. I still like to listen to that (first) album once in awhile, every once in a blue moon, to hear how it was recorded or the sound of something I did back then.

"I was proud of it, and I'm proud of it still, but I think I've developed and grown quite a bit since then. I hope so, anyway."

Kyle Eastwood performs at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at the Dirty Dog, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. Cover is $30 Wednesday and Thursday, $40 Friday and Saturday. Call 313-882-5299 or visit www.dirtydogjazz.com

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