Playing original compositions and arrangements of bassist Robert Castillo, The Sextet plays music to move to and moved by. Castillo originally formed the group in the fall of 2015 in Portland, OR and when Life called him back to his native home of Kansas City, he reformed the group with childhood friends and other prominent KC musicians.
Robert's writing incorporates elements of funk, soul, and dance, as well as jazz song structures and harmonies. The result is contemporary groove jazz that a listener of any background can bob their head to. The songs are influenced by life events and experiences - a set can include a variety of emotions including joy, anger, frustration, and bliss.
The Sextet's debut album was released just before Castillo left Portland and was listed on KMHD Portland Jazz Radio's Top 10 Albums of 2016 list.
In October 2017 The Sextet released their sophomore album "Blob Castle" shortly after being named KCUR 89.3 Band of the Week. The album has been well received in Kansas City, receiving airplay on various stations as well as being included in the Plastic Sax Favorite Albums of 2017 by Kansas City Based Artists list.
(all photos taken by Mikala Petillo)