Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm

John Kirby

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Flow Gently, Sweet Rhythm Review

by Scott Yanow

This Tax LP has a fine sampling of the recordings of John Kirby's Sextet. The 16 selections (highlighted by "Anitra's Dance," "Royal Garden Blues," "Opus 5," "Humoresque" and "Sextet from 'Lucia'") feature the unusual ensemble at the height of its powers. Trumpeter Charlie Shavers, altoist Russell Procope and clarinetist Buster Bailey blended together to form an unusual ensemble sound. However, all of this music has been reissued on three CDs in more complete form by the European Classics label.