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Kyle Eastwood, Eastwood Symphonic, Discograph ***1/2

One for the film buffs among you as much as the jazz buffs, this very broad sweep of film music connected with Clint Eastwood from Clint's jazz bassist son Kyle Eastwood covers a lot of territory and certainly does not forget to factor in a firm …

Published: 8 Aug 2023. Updated: 10 months.

One for the film buffs among you as much as the jazz buffs, this very broad sweep of film music connected with Clint Eastwood from Clint's jazz bassist son Kyle Eastwood covers a lot of territory and certainly does not forget to factor in a firm jazz flavour. With leading UK scene jazz players pianist Andrew McCormack, saxophonist Brandon Allen, trumpeter Quentin Collins and drummer Chris Higginbottom in Kyle's band the orchestra in addition joining the quintet is the Czech National Symphony Orchestra. Recorded in Prague the arrangements are by Gast Waltzing who also conducts. The poignant side of the album comes across strongly with the themes from Gran Torino and Bridges of Madison County as effective as the blood and guts machismo of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Dirty Harry. Out on 1 September. The 'Eastwood Overture' track is streaming

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Almanaque, Nada Para O Carnaval, Ubuntu ****

A complete change of tack here from guitarist Luca Boscagin thriving in a bustling Brazilian rhythmical atmosphere. Joined by French singer Camille Bertault - currently in our track of the week slot for her rendition of 'Chelsea Bridge' - and …

Published: 8 Aug 2023. Updated: 10 months.

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A complete change of tack here from guitarist Luca Boscagin thriving in a bustling Brazilian rhythmical atmosphere. Joined by French singer Camille Bertault - currently in our track of the week slot for her rendition of 'Chelsea Bridge' - and including a version of Milton Nascimento's 'Lilia' (from Clube da Esquina, 1972) Luca's band has a fine turn from UK trumpeter Quentin Collins joining Brazilian bass, drum and percussion team Matheus Nova, Raphael Delfino and Jansen Santana. A world away from soft bossas or a turn down the lights feel this takes us to the streets instead. And the album's brashness and exuberance can't help but carry you along in its wake. Boscagin's crunching grooves and the absorbing bursts from the strong rhythm section are part of the recipe - the pick of the tracks is the grooving 'Botafogo' and Bertault's navigation of the tricksy lines found on the chorinhos. Out on 25 August. 'Rush Hour Chorinho' is streaming