Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

KEN SENIOR

Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Ken Senior picture
Ken Senior biography
In about 1984, multi-instrumentalist Ken SENIOR started working as EVOLUTION, and several cassette demo albums were produced starting with 'FUTURE' (1992) which was followed by 'PART OF THE MACHINE' (1993), 'NATURE'S REVENGE' (1993), 'ACTIVITY' (1994), 'THE WIND AND THE WALLOWS' (1995) and 'WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?' (1995). (The EVOLUTION logo was designed by graphic artist and friend Marcus FOX). The first CD by EVOLUTION called 'FIRST SIGNS OF LIFE' was released in 1996 on Italian label MELLOW RECORDS, while session vocals were provided on a number of ELEGANT SIMPLICITY albums and vocals/guitar on a number of Norwegian electronic musician BJORN LYNNE'S cd's. Three tribute albums to GENESIS, CAMEL and GENTLE GIANT also had contributions from EVOLUTION and on the CAMEL and GENTLE GIANT tracks there were collaborations with Bjorn LYNNE.

A break to tour with local bands as bass player was needed to raise funds and joining Yorkshire prog band PARALLEL OR 90 DEGREES helped to increase the network of friends in the prog world. In 2001,a new project called PURPLE was started with the first CD release 'PEOPLE EATER'. This project was Floyd influenced and continued with release of the second CD 'PURSUIT' in 2002.The EVOLUTION name was truncated to EVOLVE in 2007 and a CD with re-imagined version of tracks from earlier demos was released. In 2010 a re-imagined demo version of 'WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE' appeared on CD and in 2015, the third Purple album 'PURSPECTIVE' was released. In 2017,The first official CD album by EVOLVE was released titled 'FUTURE' which was the final re- compiled album containing earlier EVOLVE demo tracks. 2019 saw the birth of another project, ELSPETH MEADOW, with a gentler feel and the first self-titled cd release. EVOLVE are to release the final finished version of the concept album in late 2019 and there are plans to re-master and re-record the first two PURPLE albums in 2019/2020.

Bio provided by the artist and used with permission

KEN SENIOR forum topics / tours, shows & news


KEN SENIOR forum topics
No topics found for : "ken senior"
Create a topic now
KEN SENIOR tours, shows & news
No topics found for : "ken senior"
Post an entries now

KEN SENIOR Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to KEN SENIOR

Buy KEN SENIOR Music



More places to buy KEN SENIOR music online

KEN SENIOR discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

KEN SENIOR top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.63 | 26 ratings
The First Signs Of Life (Evolution)
1996
3.07 | 8 ratings
Future (as Evolve)
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
Elspeth Meadow (as Elspeth Meadow)
2019

KEN SENIOR Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

KEN SENIOR Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

KEN SENIOR Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

KEN SENIOR Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

KEN SENIOR Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Elspeth Meadow (as Elspeth Meadow) by SENIOR, KEN album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.00 | 2 ratings

BUY
Elspeth Meadow (as Elspeth Meadow)
Ken Senior Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars So, after not hearing any new music from multi-instrumentalist Ken Senior in more than 20 years, an envelope arrived in New Zealand all the way from deepest Yorkshire containing not one but two CDs. The first of these was by Evolve, a project looking back on his neo-prog days when he was recording as Evolver, while the other is a brand-new project, Elspeth Meadow. This sees Ken dispense with the services of a drummer, but I can see why he has released this under a different name as this is totally different to the rest of his material I have come across. He himself describes it as "Light Progressive" and that is actually a very good term, although there are also times when it crosses the boundary into New Age and happily camps there for a while.

A combination of songs and instrumentals, Ken again provides all the music and vocals, but here in a far more relaxed manner, so laid-back at times that he is almost horizontal. Lots of gently strummed acoustic guitars, along with softly sung vocals and Hackett-esque electric lead lines takes one back much further in time than the days of heady neo- prog and firmly into the early Seventies. This is not music which is supposed to be dissected and pored over, but rather just put it on the player and relax into it. I've discovered it is one of those albums that works equally well as background or being directly listened to, but however you want to ingest it, this is yet another really interesting album from Ken. Yes, it feels and sounds like an independent release, and in many ways has far more in common with the 90's than the current day, but that isn't always a bad thing. This could never be confused with being a big budget over the top release, but instead is by someone who does this simply because he loves it.

 Future (as Evolve) by SENIOR, KEN album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.07 | 8 ratings

BUY
Future (as Evolve)
Ken Senior Neo-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars One of the rewards for producing my books of reviews from ancient times is that I have got back in touch with some musicians I had lost contact with over the years, and one of those is Ken Senior. Although many may recognise his name from his time with Parallel or 90 Degrees, or the many albums he recorded providing vocals for Elegant Simplicity, for me he will always be Evolution. Evolution were unusual in that although he attempted to form a band at multiple times, it never really seemed to come to fruition, so instead he just recorded everything himself. But Evolution was never a multi-instrumentalist project in the normal sense, this was very much a band but with just one member. The first time I heard one of his tapes I was astounded to realise it was just one man, and during the 90's I reviewed five of his tapes, which all led to Evolution's 'The First Signs of Life' CD.

Fast forward to 2017, and Evolution has become Evolve, and while Ken has been joined by drummer Grant Henderson, the rest is very much all him. These are all new recordings, but I actually know every song contained within, as they are all from the old days. In fact, one of them, 'Shock of the New', was played on Radio 1 back in 1987! The majority of songs on this CD actually featured on the Evolution CD, but 'Future (Parts One and Two)' comes originally from the 'Future' cassette, and 'Dominator' comes from 'The Wind and the Wallows' tape. How do I know this? Because all these years later I still have them!

Listening to these songs again for the first time in many years simply made me smile. Ken never got the acclaim or publicity of the larger bands, partly because it is bloody hard to play prog when the band consists of just one person, so there were hardly any gigs at a time when the scene revolved around live music. But he never gave up, as can be seen by the amount of material he released, and here he is still going strong. This is neo-prog, strong solid neo-prog. Yes it sounds dated, but he has brought these songs back to life and brought in a real drummer (which was always my main moan back in the day, hated programmed drums back then and my opinion has never faltered). His influences are rockier bands such as IQ, Marillion and Pallas, with early Galahad thrown in for good measure as well as looking back to Genesis and Floyd and then bringing it all together in his typical Yorkshire style.

Ken always struck me as one of the really nice guys around, never allowing his lack of critical success to stop him from pursuing his calling, and I always knew that when one of his tapes appeared in the post I was in for an enjoyable listen. Okay, so listening to the music now it does seem rather na've, but this is classic neo prog from someone who was there. The scene and bands may have moved on, but Ken is still playing as if it is 25 years ago, and that is absolutely fine by me. I doubt many people ever heard the original CD, and can guarantee even less have the tapes, but this self- released CD is a step back in time, and will raise a smile to all of who were there, keeping the scene alive.

 The First Signs Of Life (Evolution) by SENIOR, KEN album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.63 | 26 ratings

BUY
The First Signs Of Life (Evolution)
Ken Senior Neo-Prog

Review by b_olariu
Prog Reviewer

3 stars An unknown neo prog project appears in mid '90 named Evolution with one album released and then gone into oblivion., Conducted and formed by one of Elegant Simplicity member and later on on Parallel or 90 Deegrees - Ken Senior who is responsable for all is to be heared on this album + vocals aswell. The album issued in 1996 at Mellow records, named The first signs of live is a good example of pleasent neo prog, with no highligts but aswell with no lows. There are lots of instrumental sections, very much in Pendragon style or Like Wendy, but with nods to great '70 like Genesis or even Camel passages. The vocal parts are ok, nothing to talk about, decent. This is melodic neo prog that probably any fan of the genre will appreciate. For me a good but nothing close to great other albums I know from this zone. Still 3 stars maybe 3.5 in places.

 The First Signs Of Life (Evolution) by SENIOR, KEN album cover Studio Album, 1996
3.63 | 26 ratings

BUY
The First Signs Of Life (Evolution)
Ken Senior Neo-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Ken Senior, the man behind this Evolution project, is definitely an underground name of the modern prog scene.Around mid-90's, when he was already collaborating with Bjorn Lynne as well as Steve McBabe of Elegant Simplicity, he found this one-man project, under which he covered ''White mountain'' for the Genesis' tribute release ''The River of Constant Change''.In 1996 Evolution released their sole album ''First Signs of Life'' on Mellow Records.

It is really hard to determine that there is only one person behind this great musicianship, as ''First Signs of Life'' is an album full of superb melodies, dreamy instrumental parts, rich soundscapes and tight demanding structures, not far from the sound of ELEGANT SIMPLICITY.Senior seems influenced by bands like GENESIS, CAMEL, CYAN and PENDRAGON with his compositions being cleverly split in instrumental madness and sensitive vocal parts.His guitar work is fantastic, some splendid melodies come out of his strings, supported by some great work on keyboards: Atmospheric synthesizers, background piano and light organ passages all the way.The albums starts off in a more simple mood, being typical melodic Neo Progressive Rock, characterized by dramatic melodies and a hidden grandiosity, becoming though more complex as it unfolds.The later longer cuts are just beautiful with plenty of breaks and good interplays, a bit more symphonic than the opening ones, with sharp guitar work, nice keyboards and a more MARILLION-esque sound.

Next came another cover by Evolution, this time it was '''Never let go'' for the Camel tribute album ''Harbour of joy''.This was meant to be the last Evolution recording with Senior focusing on his work with Lynne and McBabe, while he also became the bassist of Parallel or 90 Deegrees.

This is superb and highly melodic Neo Prog with a number of great compositions, which deserves some more fame.Highly recommended from Retro Prog fans to followers of a more modern approach in their prog music.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to kev rowland for the last updates

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.