JazzTimes - p.91
"Eastwood continues to fuse contemporary jazz and hard-bop with elements of downtempo groove to magical effect."
Personnel: Kyle Eastwood (vocals, acoustic bass, electric bass); Michael Stevens (vocals, guitar, keyboards, electric bass, drums, programming, background vocals); Doug Webb (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Andrew McCormack (piano, electric piano); John Beasley (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Alex Wurman (keyboards); Manu Katch‚, Ralph Salmins (drums); Ben Cullum (vocals); Dave O'Higgins (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Graeme Flowers (trumpet).
Audio Mixers: Kyle Eastwood; Michael Stevens ; Rik Pekkonen.
Recording information: Bel Air Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Click Click, Paris, France; Studio Piccolo, Paris, France; The Bunker, London, England.
Photographer: Dimitri Smilenko.
Bassist Kyle Eastwood may enjoy a bit of name recognition thanks to his famous actor/director father Clint, but the musician's grasp of the post-bop idiom and his ability to mix it with accessible pop and R&B flavors finds him determined to stand on his own merits. Although 2006's NOW has moments of adventure and edge--the groovy fusion of the title track opener, for instance--much of the album stays smooth and laid-back, with featured vocalists and a wine-and-candlelight vibe. But even while keeping things mellow Eastwood manages some surprises, such as his fusion-fueled cover of the Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."