As of June 22, 2015, Big Shoes had been on the CMJ Top 40 Jazz chart for nine weeks, peaking at the #11 position, and has been in the JazzWeek Top 100 for nine weeks as well, peaking at the #47 position.
“Robert Kennedy’s Hammond B3 trio… plays straight-ahead music with convincing authority. It’s Kennedy’s debut album as a trio leader and he’s… in thoroughly communicative form throughout. …a really enjoyable and swinging disc that augurs well for more Kennedy trio projects.” — Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, November, 2015
“… Nowhere is [the trio’s high energy and talent] more evident than on the blues-laden title track, ‘Big Shoes’… this brings back memories of many late night sessions I had with the master of B-3, Jimmy Smith, in the old days and is my personal favorite of the nine tunes [Kennedy] offers up for jazz organ euphoria. I give Robert & crew a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an ‘EQ’ (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.” — Rotcod Zzaj (Dick Metcalf), September, 2015
“Big shoes… [is] a wonderful collection of original compositions… Kennedy’s playing is full of excellent musical taste, and an intrinsic ability to swing… [Kennedy, Razavi, and Rhodes] groove ourageously throughout the CD… The title is Big Shoes but it could be Big Shoes and Big Ears!” — Musicscribe, emusic.com, 22 July, 2015
“… Big Shoes will please B-3 aficionados, and jazz lovers alike.” — Robbie Gerson, Audiophile Audition, 12 April, 2015
“ROBERT KENNEDY TRIO/Big Shoes: A B3 ace leading a classic organ jazz trio through a set that’s loaded with originals that are stocked with vibes that make you think you heard them somewhere else before by a cat that doesn’t have to worry about any blurred lines. In the pocket throughout, you’d be hard pressed to find any better top down listening than this. Well done throughout.” — Chris Spector, Midwest Record, 20 March, 2015
Music Man Blog review of Big Shoes, 19 April, 2015