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Kyle Eastwood channels 50s influences on latest album

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Kyle Eastwood says the 50s jazz flavor of his new album, "Time Pieces," wasn't exactly planned.

"It wasn't really a conscious effort," says Eastwood, 46, a bassist who's the son of actor-director Clint Eastwood and has composed score music for several of his father's film. "(Herbie Hancock's) 'Dolphin Dance' and (Horace Silver's) 'Blowin' the Blues Away' were two songs I had worked into the set during the last year or so with the band, and then I started writing some original stuff that had the same kind of flavor.

"So it all started going down the path of the sort of Blue Note (Records) era, which are some of my favorite albums. That's just the direction it took on. We were channeling that era into what we were doing."

Eastwood -- who wrote six of his own songs for "Time Pieces" -- says something he noticed in studying that music was the way the ensembles worked, which he tried to model with his own quintet on the album. "They all really sounded like a band was playing them," Eastwood explains. "A lot of those guys were moving around, playing on different albums and with each other and stuff. It was sort of a core group of guys that really sounded like a band all the time. I just think the players were really strong, and I really like a lot of the tunes from that era."

Eastwood is still busy creating his own music. He recently scored "Battle Creed," a new film set in the south and directed by his sister Alison Eastwood. He hasn't started thinking about a next album yet, but the Los Angeles-born Eastwood -- who spends most of the year residing in Paris plans to be busy touring to support "Time Pieces."

"I like it over there (in Europe)," he says. "There are a lot of great places to play and some great festivals, a lot off good opportunities. There's a good jazz appreciation there, so that lets me work a lot."

Kyle Eastwood

6 and 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 17-18.

The Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe.

Cover is $40.

Call 313-882-5299 or visit www.dirtydogjazz.com.

Web Site: www.dirtydogjazz.com

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