“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.” ~ Dalai Lama , XIV, The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World
I have spent my entire life trying to find my life’s purpose. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in that religion or this religion, we are all seeking something better in life. So, I think, the very tempo, tonality, timbre of our life is towards happiness. Jazz is my portal. It is my native language. It is universal, compassionate, driven, mysterious, salacious and cosmopolitan in its nature. It does not try to make me anything other than who I am. The culture has many wives, tribes and lives. Its simplicity brings contentment. I have found a way to totally submerge myself into a supreme love for jazz music, while at the same time embracing God’s gift for literary acoustic arts inspired by my father’s music. I grew up listening to records by jazz legends such as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and the Stan Kenton Big Band with my parents, both jazz lovers. I attended and witness the majesty of the Monterey Jazz Festival numerous times with my rents which laid the foundation of my existence on earth.
My biggest blessing and advantage of having a famous father was I got to go backstage I met a lot of artists dad worked with and wrote arrangements for greats like Dizzy Gillespie. Ray Charles, and Sarah Vaughan to name a few. Looking back on that, I can see how much the musicians and singers and key players like Ralph J. Gleason that I met influenced my creative life.
Give a listen to a Contemporary Jazz Master who like myself was born into the glorious world of Jazz…I give thanks to All the Dad’s that nurture us to be….
“For M.E.” by Kyle Eastwood from the Album “The View From Here”
Although he gained valuable experience working on the soundtracks of films such as The Rookie and Mystic River, the greatest legacy Kyle received from Clint was a childhood steeped in music, particularly jazz.
Living in Carmel, close to Monterey, the Eastwood family were regulars at the annual jazz festival, and his father’s A-list status meant that the young Kyle got to meet such luminaries as Dizzy Gillespie and Sarah Vaughn.
Added to a diet of classic jazz at home, such experiences educated him well in the language of jazz – and the results are still readily apparent on The View From Here.
Eastwood is a long-standing resident of Paris, and this album was recorded in September 2012 at one of France’s finest studios, La Buissonne, near Avignon.
Alongside the bassist, a classic line-up is completed by saxophonist Graeme Blevins, trumpeter Quentin Collins, pianist Andrew McCormack and drummer Martyn Kaine. The five have played together for several years, forming them into a unit which is loose and funky, with the members comfortable in each other’s company. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Licence. If you choose to use this review on your site please link back to this page.
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