I just wasn't expecting it. I heard "Song For Ruth" on the radio a few months ago and fell in love with the song after just that one listen. But then reviews were mixed; I wasn't sure whether this was a smooth jazz album or not, or whether there were any other really good tunes on it. The soundclips were helpful but only so much so.
But I finally bit the bullet and bought the CD. At first I just played "Song For Ruth" on repeat (I can never get enough of that tune - Eastwood's basslines are so hypnotic, the piano solo, played by John Beasley, is short but incredibly sweet) but of course it got to the point where I had to listen to what else the album had to offer. I was pleasantly surprised. I don't feel this is smooth jazz per se, more jazz fusion but it is very accessible and the musicians on here are all very good, especially Eastwood himself who mostly plays electric bass but goes acoustic on two songs: "I Can't Remember" and "How Y'all Doin'". Speaking of the former, the first time I heard it I thought he had Jamie Cullum on there but it's his brother Ben. They sound a lot like each other.
Anyhoo, apart from the aforementioned tracks, other favourites include the title track, "Nasty Girl" and "Eastern Promise". Great fun. I must check out his other work. A special mention must go to saxophonist Dave O'higgins. He's brilliant on here.