Earthy and meticulous bassist whose lines underpin the ensemble with roots and flair… an heir apparent to the late Charles Mingus.
” Kelly Roberti is a world-class performer, composer and musical thinker. Having worked with many legends of jazz and rock, he has developed his own unique and brilliant style in both his bass playing and his compositions. A fascinating performer to both listen to and watch, Kelly is both tasteful and virtuosic –two opposing qualities rarely found in one musician. The passionate dedication always shows in this extraordinary musician. ”
Matthew Savery, Music Director and Conductor, The Bozeman Symphony
Roberti is quite literally a shaman of the bass with the ability to take the receptive listener into a wonderland of thought. His inner warmth and maturity shine through whether soloing or in a supportive role.
” Kelly Roberti’s bass is rock solid and his solos are a wonderful display of how to give a tune a signature. ”
…on bass is a very fine accompanist indeed, allowing endless amounts of freedom while creating a solid backdrop for the vocals and providing tasty and reflective solos that add to the integrity of the whole.
” Kelly and his trio are like little brothers to me. Travels and tours with them always produce some stunning music and unique surprises. I like to call them the ‘Unknown Trio’
…they won’t be for long. ”
The Late and Great
Eddie Harris (Wardo)
Kelly is a virtuoso bassist. He makes sounds on the instrument that have never been heard before and that always leaves me surprised.
” Kelly Roberti is a seasoned, authentic jazz artist who has occupied the world’s stages with the legends. He is a true treasure to Montana. As a composer and performer, he is extremely forward-looking and unique. ”
Pianist, composer and music professor Eric Funk
Roberti, as always, elevated every tune. He produced a constant flow of jibes, echoes and counterpoints for his band mates while soloing with a steady narrative of ideas.
“ An original and soulful improviser with chops almost unheard of until now.. ”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
AudioRealtime: Interviews with George Cole from NPR affiliate Yellowstone Public Radio.
Bozeman needs and deserves jazz festival
Letter to the editor from Bozeman Daily Chronicle Oct. 2010
Rollin’ With Kelly Roberti
Q&A with Kelly Roberti from Bozeman’s premiere entertainment site; BoZone.