I found I was sitting with a constant smile as the music of the John Kirby Sextet was brought to life.
Ken Gallacher, The Herald Glasgow
Today, John Kirby's music is brought back to life with bassist Wayne Roberts, transcribing 55 arrangements and assembling his own roster of all-stars to create fresh and authentic interpretations of Kirby's swinging, intricate, and entertaining repertoire.
The roster includes Jon-Erik Kellso, Randy Sandke, Charlie Caranicas, Will and Peter Anderson, Dan Block, Scott Robinson, Andy Farber, Ken Peplowski, Ehud Asherie, Rossano Sportiello, Ray Gallon, Ben Aronov, Bill Mays, Willard Dyson, Arnie Kinsella, Dennis Mackrell and Joe Ascione.
The Wayne Roberts Sextet, formerly known as the Onyx Club Sextet has appeared for long-term engagements in NYC's Sardi's and the Firebird Cafe as well as concerts and private engagements. Recent performances include Smalls Jazz Club, the Traditional Jazz Series, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, Radegast Hall and Biergarten, the IAJE Conference, NYC, Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center, NYC, the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, VA (birthplace of John Kirby), Forum Tertianum, Berlin, Germany (two consecutive years), The Smith Theatre, Columbia, MD (two consecutive years), the Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT, New Jersey Jazz Society's "Pee Wee Russell Memorial Stomp" (two consecutive years) and a benefit concert for the Alzheimer's Association at the Brooklyn Barge.
While the ensemble sounds exactly like the John Kirby Sextet, the musicians are allowed to show some individuality during their concise solos...
...quite fun and easily recommended.
Scott Yanow, Jazz Critic