“A helplessly memorable jazz album..." Number one editor’s pick in the traditional jazz, bebop, and cool jazz
categories. Five stars. -- Derek Sivers: www.cdbaby.com/cd/scottkylequintet
The Jazz Zine:
I was beginning to think that the trombone was becoming an extinct or endangered instrument in jazz. There are
just a handful of jazz musicians playing trombone anymore. However, in this media driven pop crazed world, there's
a lot going on that most of us are not made aware of. Anyway, right here in the San Diego area of Southern
California, jazz trombonist Scott Kyle has made it full circle from the high desert back to the balmy shores of this
beautiful city. Here's hoping that we're going to be able to catch up with him live one day at possibly, Dizzy's or
some other local jazz venue.
Scott is a fluid trombonist who plays with a neat approach and maintains his own sound. Although one can hear
traces of Frank Rosolino, and some J.J. Johnson, which I'm sure has filtered through him at some particular time
during his career.
This set on Full Circle is comprised of great standards and jazz evergreens. There are neither original
compositions nor are there any stretching out or experimentations. If you like some nice straight ahead jazz played
by very competent artists than this CD is for you.
In addition to Scott's wonderful sound on the trombone, this CD has the added bonus with the return of the
Wunderkind, Christopher Hollyday on Alto Sax. Not having recorded in some time, I think Christopher has been
teaching in the San Diego area for a number of years, I find that the close reminiscence of Charlie Parker has
faded and we are now hearing Christopher's found and matured original voice.
There are some very nice and tasty solos by both Christopher and Scott throughout the CD. I was particularly fond
of Scott's solo on Lush Life. The rest of the group complements the front line in a very unobtrusive way. Rob
Lawson on guitar blends nicely and takes some nice solos along the way. Drummer Dave Pschaida, is truly low
keyed in his approach and never intrudes upon the soloists. He reminds me a lot of an early Stan Getz drummer,
Frank Isola, who played in that idiom as well.
I hope that this group gets some good support and deserved recognition. I, for one, will be checking the jazz
calendar in San Diego closely in the future for my chance to be able to catch Scott Kyle live.
-- Peter La Barbera: members.aol.com/plabjazz/
"Hey, Scott - Your CD is frikkin' BURNING!" (A nice complement indeed, considering the source - Check out Scott
W's music at www.scottwhitfield.com)
"Scott Kyle is one of the best trombonists anywhere." -- Bill Yeager, Director of Jazz Studies at San Diego State
EJazzNews and California Coast Jazz:
What a joy it is to get a record with superb tunes and great players. This is an album that reflects the intention of
Bird, Diz et al. A prime example of real music on a level of professionalism that is unparalleled in this day and age
of music that is full of histrionics and con-fusion(pun intended). Every tune is a gem and refulgent in execution and
Scott Kyle has indeed captured the atmosphere of the Blue Note days. No juiced up gimcrackery here. This is the
Night In Tunisia" Kyle's clean trombone tone opens with a no nonsense melody incursion and deftly pursues Bird's
famous alto break with a rapid fire message of his own. Christopher Hollyday's full bodied alto soars Birdlike in his
solo...It is clearly his own purposeful voyage, however.
A clear clean Trombone sound highlights "Darn That Dream" with hip ideas and facility. Robert Lawson's tender
guitar solo weaves a tapestry of soulfulness and again Hollyday's Bird influenced alto magically adds the
exclamation point to this pungently stimulating piece.
The always fascinating "Donna Lee" based on the "Indiana" changes opens with nice unison work with the alto and
trombone dancing nicely. Hollyday's sax gets after this tune like a hungry man on a ham sandwich, it gets no
better....Lawson's guitar cooly enters the picture and lays down his soliloquy with stylish elegance. The 4 bar
exchanges by everyone fully illustrate this ensembles capacity for forming interesting ideas.
This is a recording marked by the highest degree of excellence. 5 Stars.
-- John Gilbert: www.ejazznews.com & community-2.webtv.net/johnnyjazz/johnnyjazzsjazzpage
From its inception, the jazz world has been a haven for trombonists. Beginning with men like Kid Ory through Jack
Teagarden, Frank Rosolino, J.J.Johnson, Kai Winding, the instrument enjoyed great popularity. Where are the
trombonists today? Certainly there are many around but they are becoming an endangered species.
Just at the point where trombone fans need their "fix," along comes Californian, Scott Kyle. It's great to hear a
classic mainstream jazz trombone again. Kyle and his combo deliver eleven swinging jazz standards served-up in
Scott Kyle's unusual reading of "April In Paris" is the first version in recent years that borrows nothing from the
famous Basie recordings. That, in itself, is most refreshing. In fact, Kyle makes the "April In Paris" and "Night In
Tunisia" tracks freely available on his website in full downloadable versions.
Sharing the front line with the trombonist is alto saxophonist Christopher Hollyday. Hollyday shows a certain
respect for Charlie Parker and cooks superbly throughout this CD. The young rhythm section is impressive.
Guitarist Robert Lawson shows his considerable talent on the 1938 Jimmy Van Heusen hit, "Darn That Dream." His
pretty style is reminiscent of the late Lou Mecca and Wes Montgomery.
Having listened to this album in its entirety several times, a few favorites emerged. The trombonist really sells
Horace Silver's beautiful "Peace" with help from Hollyday and Lawson. "Stella By Starlight" brings the rhythm
section to the forefront. The quintet's take on Jobim's "Meditation" and Strayhorn's "Lush Life" are outstanding.
"Meditation" is an example of Scott Kyle's classic approach to his instrument. "Lush Life" is a delightful eleven-
minute "conversation" between trombone and alto. I heard something new every time I played this track.
-- Richard Bourcier: www.jazzreview.com
Scott Kyle has assembled a wonderful group of musicians performing standard jazz repertoire.The Musicians sans
Christopher Hollyday I'd never heard of. Not even Scott Kyle. But they sure play this material well. Yes, you've
more than likely heard these compositions before. Unison is the key word I use to describe this ensemble,because
everything performed on the CD is together. Everyone solos with confidence and the arrangements(all by Kyle)
were well thought out. I particularly like the way Kyle will play a phrase and Hollyday comes in and finishes it. Kyle's
trombone has a sweet warm style, but quite spirited as on "Night In Tunisia".
Hollyday's alto sound has the imprint of Jackie McLean and is aggressive like McLean. But may make one wonder
does this have to do with the material, much played in the 1950s era? Because I 've heard him when he was a
teenager not sounding like his imprint.
Guitarist Lawson's playing sounds like pearls bouncing on velvet.He's obviously been influenced by Jim Hall in his
soloing and sound as well. Not meaning that he's a copy cat. Bassist Grinnell sound is solid,assured and supplies
good support. Drummer Pschaida is quite tasty and doesn't over play. The arrangement of "April In Paris" is an
unusual one they play "around" the familiar melody. In various parts they play certain keynotes that hint at the
familiar melody. What's interesting is at 3:32 trombone/alto do state the melody. There are eleven compositions in
all. "Lush Life" being the longest at 10:52 the shortest Charlie Parker's "Donna Lee" 3:32. Meditation by A.C. Jobim
is really enjoyable, especially Pschaida's Bossa Nova rhythms. Included on this program is Horace Silver's "Peace"
a silver piece not to often played.
Scott Kyle has a special way with these old classics you can tell he loves these evergreens it shows in his playing
and his musicians. You can't go wrong the Scott Kyle quintet. I hope this unit makes many more recordings. A side
note: This CD was recorded at "In My Living Room" studios. On the inside sleeve the photos(by Pam Kyle) remind
of the old Blue Note cover photos: Remember the old venetian blinds at Rudy Van Gelder's? I highly recommend
this CD for the material and the playing of it. The Trombone and alto front line is something you don't hear often...
it's an interesting sound. More info www.ScottKyleJazz.com
-- Ron Sagye La Rue: http://home.nestor.minsk.by/jazz/ - see review under "Articles"
©2006 – Scott Kyle, All Rights Reserved
Editor’s pick in the post-bop category. -- www.cdbaby.com/cd/tskq
Too often in today’s era of media excess, artistic intention in jazz is shunned for the sake
of commerce. With so much uninspired blandness being passed off as innovation, it’s
refreshing to hear a recording with unbridled passion and integrity. San Diego based
trombonist Scott Kyle has produced just such a disc. Facing East, Kyle’s second recording
as a leader, is a dynamic collection of original compositions and fresh takes on classic gems.
Kyle is a trombonist of conviction whose sound brazenly displays the lineage of jazz trombone. He blends the
influence of masters like George Bohannon, Bill Watrous, and Frank Rosolino effortlessly to form a bold, forward
Writing in a logical manner, Kyle’s tunes have well crafted harmonic structures underlying lyrical melodic
development. Stylistically, his compositions emulate the methods of the masters whom he interprets (Chick Corea,
Joe Henderson, Bill Evans). “Springtime,” a spirited waltz, is an especially strong offering in classic post-bop
Highlights of the session include a sensitive rendering of Wayne Shorter’s timeless ballad “Infant Eyes,” Randy
Brecker’s shuffle “Inside Out” (with Kyle’s son Colin tearing it up on electric guitar), and Woody Shaw’s challenging
Kyle’s colleagues, all San Diego veterans, share a penchant for progressive sounds. Front line partner in crime,
saxophonist Tripp Sprague, is an endearing soloist with inventive ideas on tenor and soprano. Bassist Justin
Grinnell, pianist Rick Helzer, and drummer Duncan Moore provide outstanding support and lyrical solos.
The music on Facing East is hard-swinging, honest, and most of all enjoyable. Kyle stretches the boundaries of
convention while preserving past innovations. He is truly an artist deserving of wide recognition.
-- John Barron: www.jazzreview.com
... Scott Kyle rips through some nice changes in this recording. The showcase tunes on this album are "Punjab"
and "Moontrane..." 4 Stars -- John Gilbert: www.ejazznews.com
Review of Nutville, by The Brad Steinwehe Jazz Orchestra
Kyle's plunger work on 'Desert Blues' is outstanding; ditto drummer Mike Holguin's
gap-filling....And Steinwehe knows how to achieve crisp cut-offs and dynamic shadings.
-- JazzTimes (p.139)