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KENNY MITCHELL

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UK composer and musician Kenny MITCHELL is an independent, unsigned rock musician based in the north east of England. So far he has two releases to his name: The EP "Excerpts from Jane Eyre" from 2012 and the full length album "Voyager" from 2013.

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3.72 | 9 ratings
Voyager
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Songs From Another Time
2013
3.64 | 12 ratings
Resurrection
2014

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Excerpts from Jane Eyre
2012

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 Songs From Another Time by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Songs From Another Time
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Mayflower

4 stars An eclectic mix of Instrumental guitar tracks spread over 50 or so minutes which the guitarist/keyboardist describes on his Bandcamp page as a collection of old ideas which have been re-recorded for this album. Some of the songs on this work date back to Mitchells earliest playing years when he states he was still at school and used to jam around with a couple of friends using Fender and Gibson copy guitars and basic amplification. What I find quite amazing about that concept is how he can actually remember things that he played back in the early 1970s as a youth, because I certainly wouldn't be able to do that - I can hardly remember yesterday.....clever.

Back to the music : with this offering we have a somewhat eclectic mixed bag of 1 : rock - as described by the tracks "Ice" "The Bat", "The Cream Egg Song" and "One New Years Eve". 2 : Jazz (sort of) as described by "Big Als Song" which is named as a tribute to guitarist Al Di Meola, and "DADGAD" . 3 : Blues in which we see another tribute track with the title of "SRV" ( for Stevie Ray Vaughan)

Mitchell also shows his more sophisticated and cultured side with the "The Snow Leopard part 7" : an atmospheric piece with a cinematic feel, apparently taken as an excerpt from a larger project which he originally recorded at the beginning of the 1980s. He also demonstrates his acoustic guitar skills with the Steve Howe inspired "Jazzy Rag"

We also have a short and powerful track called "The Chase" which is the heaviest track on the album.

From listening to this album it is clear to me that Kenny Mitchell is a talented and versatile musician who has several album titles already under his belt and I look forward to listening to more from him.

Well worth checking out.

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 Resurrection by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.64 | 12 ratings

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Resurrection
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Psion

4 stars Consisting of 6 instrumental tracks of varying length which I will outline below.

Track 1. Death of a Nation : 22.33 mins. Moving from blues to rock to psychadelic to acoustic, and finishing off on a raucous, but melodic, note. This track has a little bit of everything with some very tasty guitar and keyboard work throughout..

Track 2. The Time Between : 05.38 mins. a gentle respite of flowing dreamy pianos and clean guitars which follows on nicely from track 1.

Track 3. Resurrection : 16.19 mins. The title track begins with some solo fingerpicking acoustic guitar in the style of Steve Hackett before moving into an equally Hackett - esque atmospheric intro which would have easily fitted into the Spectral Mornings album.

From there it follows a vaguely similar format to the opening track, moving from straight forward rock to a Wakeman/Howe style atmospheric section of dreamy keyboards and clean swelling guitars to finally finish with a long ambient passage, again with some very nice lead work and big sounding keys.

Track 4. Pink Moon Rises Pt 2 : 05.44 mins. Keyboard intro moving into orchestrated 12 string guitar section, and finishing off with a very definite nod to Pink Floyd in their more accessible moments. If you like the guitar work in Comfortably Numb, this is kind of similar - big solo played in simple pentatonics with a very big sound : lovely stuff.

Track 5. Seagulls : 02.39 mins. Shortest track on the album, built around fingerpicking guitar and fretless bass with a little bit of dreamy flute work in the middle.

Track 6. End Piece : Closing track, again built around acoustic guitar with that same dreamy piano which was exhibited on track 2. There's a nice sort of backwards atmospheric guitar break in the middle of this.

a nice collection of instrumentals from a relative newcomer to the genre and well worthy of addition to any collection.

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 Resurrection by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.64 | 12 ratings

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Resurrection
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by MadameButterfly

4 stars Some interesting sounding music on this album which might please the more mature listening audience and also those with a penchant for days gone by who might be familiar with the sounds of the big hard rock and prog bands of the 1970s : Genesis, Floyd, Deep Purple etc, as that - to my ears at least - seems to be where the major influences and ideas are coming from on this album. Having said that however, there is a nice section dedicated to 9/11 in the middle of track 1 so maybe not all of the ideas on it are necessarily based in 1970s music.

6 tracks in total with a couple of really long ones at 23 minutes and 17 minutes. Total run time is around 58 minutes so reasonably good value for money there.

It's my opinion that some of this music would be really good for soundtrack or film material as it's highly atmospheric in places, particularly on the shorter tracks 'The Time Between', 'Seagulls' and 'End Piece' which are very ambient and cinematically styled.

The more conventional prog tracks ' Death of a Nation", "Resurrection", and "Pink Moon Rises Pt 2", are loaded with great guitar and retro sounding keyboard work, namely Hammond Organ and Moog Synthesiser, as well as some orchestral strings and horns. . The whole is underlaid with a good strong rythm section providing solid drums and bass, some of which is reminiscent of the playing style of Chris Squire.

In conclusion I would say that this is a fine piece of work which should appeal to a wide range of listeners across the whole of the prog spectrum, and I recommend it especially to fans of instrumental music.

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 Resurrection by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.64 | 12 ratings

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Resurrection
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by 5StringBass

4 stars Most 7 string guitar work you hear is in one of the heavy metal sub genres. An exception to that general rule is provided here with the opening track to this album.

Almost all of the guitar work on "Death of a Nation" is done on 7 string with only a smallish portion of it being given over to what one might view as metal. The rest of it varies between Blues and Hard Rock with a bit of Camel style clean guitar work around the middle.

There are quite a few subdivisions on this track although none of them are individually titled.

It's an artful track of almost 23 minutes and is also track one of a 3 track trilogy - the other two being ' The Time Between' and the title track 'Resurrection' all of which are presumably based around the 9/11 World trade Centre and Pentagon attacks (you'll get the idea of why I think that if you listen to it).

Presumably the entire 'story' is an imaginary one because America is still very much alive and kicking - maybe the concept is a moral one...? I don't know... but overall it's quite effective if one uses ones imagination somewhat. There are some lovely little keyboard solos on 'Death' which sound like they've been done on a minimoog, and again brings Camel to mind.

The remaining tracks on the album are :

"Pink Moon Rises Pt 2" : nice track which has a kind of spaced out Steve Hillage around the time of "Green" acid trip type intro which moves into an acoustic backed traditional sounding string arrangement, and finally explodes into a Dave Gilmour style epic. Very nicely played and full of emotion.

"Seagulls" : Kinda quirky this one. Short and sweet and sounds like the seashore somewhere.....

"End Piece" : Very laid back and a nice closing track to chill out to. Built around acoustic guitar and piano with some lighter sounding drums.

Nice album overall and similar to this guys previous offerings in that it's all very retro sounding. Pretty easy to listen to as well so should appeal to most who like the old style prog sound.

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 Voyager by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 9 ratings

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Voyager
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by LunarSea

4 stars Instrumental music has always been a bit of a tricky subject with a lot of people. It's quite a specialised little sub division of the prog genre I guess, having a little niche all of it's own, and you've really got to be pretty good at it to be able to get by. As a relative newcomer to that niche, this chap is in some pretty fine company, and he shows himself to be more than worthy of the honour with this album

"Voyager" has a run time of just over 50 minutes and consists of only 2 tracks : Part 1 and Part 2. That might be a bit unimaginative for some people, but then lots of artists name their tracks in such a manner, and for this particular album I think it's an adequate system of track nomenclature.

The music itself is at times brooding with a sense of imminence, and at times soaring and majestic with some powerful guitar work. At other times gentle and delicate, and it occasionally blasts you with that classic prog style wall of sound where everything seems to be happening at full throttle. From singing lead guitar moments through to quieter, more atmospheric passages led by some beautiful keyboard and synth sounds, many of which are reminiscent of something Jean Michel Jarre might have done on Oxygene or Equinox, including some odd little wackier synth sounds thrown in for effect. It all works and there is plenty in here for the listener to discover.

If I had to make a comparison of what this is like I might struggle a bit as there are a few influences to choose from, but at a push I might say that it's kind of like the day when Pink Floyd met Deep Purple (lots of Hammond Organ sounds you see, especially in part 2) but with a bit of Yes and Barclay James Harvest thrown in for good measure as well as the aforementioned French Dude.

After a couple of listens I get the impression that guitar is this artists main instrument as that's what the majority of the solos are given over to, but he's a pretty good keyboard player too, although he tends to use the keys more for backing and effect with only occasional solo work there.

In conclusion I have to say that I find this album pretty refreshing and full of good ideas, and I'll be watching closely to see what he comes up with next.

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 Voyager by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 9 ratings

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Voyager
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Dragonsword

5 stars Crossover prog is probably a suitable description for this music, but there are many parts of the album which could also be described as symphonic prog, with some massive sounding keyboards to compliment the excellent guitar work. It's also a nice mix of retro and modern, but with most of the emphasis on retro.

In terms of composition the music is much more Pink Floyd than something like present day Dream Theater, and likewise, most of the guitar work is very much more Gilmour than Petrucci. There is also some Steve Howe in there, particularly on the 12 string work, much of which could easily pass for something on a Yes album.

The CD has 2 album tracks of 25 minutes each and a short bonus track which is described as a 7 string guitar demo version out-take of one of the sections from the 2nd main album track (Voyager Pt 2).

The bonus track is a bit heavier than the other work on the album, maybe due to the 7 string guitar...?

The album is entirely instrumental : no vocals.

Overall this guys music is very easy on the ears. He uses a lot of good guitar and keyboard sounds and there are a couple of quite big solos which are executed without any going over the top type flashiness. To my mind that seems to be a bit of a trap for a lot of musicians these days - to be as flashy and as fast as possible, and it's often at the expense of melodic quality that this is achieved : not so here. Kenny Mitchell, with his Gilmour-esqe style is clearly a man who considers the melody to be way more important than the speed at which it's played and to my mind that's a good thing. Having said all that though, he shows that he can do the faster widdling stuff too, and demonstrates it quite well near the end of the album.

I bought this on the strength of a couple of excerpts I heard on Soundcloud and I don't regret the purchase. I would recommend it to anyone who likes their prog with a slightly lighter, more delicate touch and would call it good value for the few pennies it will cost you. It's a very beautiful and compelling piece of work.

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 Songs From Another Time by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Songs From Another Time
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Silverleaf

4 stars This album is essentially a guitar based rock album and slightly different from Kenny Mitchells other offerings on the albums "Resurrection" and "Voyager". This one consists of 10 shortish guitar based instrumentals and 1 very orchestral sounding track which has a distinctly epic nature about it. In places it has the distinct feel of what you would have heard on an early Joe Satriani album like "The Extremist"

As with Mitchells other albums, all the instruments are self played, and the album has also been engineered and produced by the man himself. The tracks are played in a variety of styles, and consist of tunes which Mitchell tells us are collected from various points in his guitar playing life, some dating back to the 1970s ( the earliest one going back to around 1974 I believe) this provides an interesting snapshot of how a musicians life and musical progress and direction can change with the passing of years.

There are 2 tribute tracks on the album which Mitchell has dedicated to 2 of his favourite guitarists - namely Al di Meola in the form of "Big Als Song" (love the title) and Stevie Ray Vaughan with the track "SRV" - which is incidentally my own personal favourite on this album. Both these tracks do seem to capture the essence of the players they are dedicated to and for that I take my hat off to this man.

I can also hear quite a strong Steve Howe influence on the acoustic based ditty "Jazzy Rag" which is reminiscent of that most famous of Steve Howe acoustic solo tracks "The Clap" although this particular offering is played with several instruments rather than just a solo acoustic guitar.

Other tracks show up other influences : as mentioned before, I can hear some Satriani on "Ice", and some early Wishbone Ash on "One New Years Eve". On "DADGAD" there's a bit of Al di Meola again too.

The haunting orchestral track "The Snow Leopard Pt 7" is apparently an excerpt from an album Mitchell recorded back in his early days but in the promo pack he provides no further information than that.

All in all this is a highly diverse and interesting guitar album, sometimes quite intense and always outstandingly musical in terms of composition and melody.

This kind of stuff is right up my musical street and I would love to see it being performed live. If this man ever does a concert tour I will most definitely buy a ticket..!

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 Voyager by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 9 ratings

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Voyager
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Silverleaf

5 stars Kenny Mitchell describes himself as "an independent rock musician who was born and raised in Glasgow and is now based in the North East of England. He currently has four album releases, all of which can be found on his Bandcamp page. This review is for his 2013 album release "Voyager"

At slightly over 50 minutes, this album contains only two instrumental tracks, each of which runs at slightly over 25 minutes.

Entitled simply Voyager Part 1 and Voyager Part 2, both tracks follow roughly the same compositional format with each track providing an epic scope of richly textured and somewhat retro styled melodic progressive rock. In many places the album is something of a blend of Pink Floyd meets Camel, but also has elements of Rush, Yes and 1970s Genesis/Steve Hackett.

Mr Mitchell plays all the instruments on this album himself and is an obviously talented and clever individual, engineering the recording work and producing the album completely on his own, even down to the cover design and album artwork. Acoustic and electric guitars as well as fretted and fretless bass are featured throughout. Lushly textured retro keyboard and synth sounds as well as acoustic piano are also well represented on the album

Acoustic guitar passages - in both 12 and 6 string mode - are fairly prominent during the course of the entire album, along with a diverse variety of electric guitar passages in which Mitchell quite obviously tips his hat to a number of his own guitar heroes and influences with some fairly tasteful and soaring lead guitar work liberally sprinkled throughout.

Each track has been divided up into titled sections which blend seamlessly into one another and provide a landscape of occasionally recurring themes which help to provide structure and continuity throughout. The album winds up as it begins, using the same 12 string guitar idea as is used in the opening and is quite fittingly subtitled "The end is the beginning"

Some people may find the length of these tracks a little difficult to deal with as it's always something of a tall order and a fairly big ask to make the listener commit to actually sitting down for 25 minutes just to listen to one track - or 50 minutes for the whole 2 track album - but, if like me you love long epics such as 'Hemispheres' , 'Close to the Edge", 'Suppers Ready' , 'The Revealing Science of God' , or more recently "A change of Seasons" and "Octavarium" then you will surely enjoy this album. I recommend it highly for your collection.

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 Voyager by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.72 | 9 ratings

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Voyager
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars UK composer and musician Kenny MITCHELL is one of many artists who seemingly have come out of nowhere the last few years, and I suspect that a combination of affordable recording possibilities, time at hand and means to distribute your music yourself without a steep cost have fueled many such ventures, although I don't know if that's the situation in this particular case. Even so, Mitchell ventured forth with an EP in 2012, two full length albums followed in 2013, of which "Voyager" is the second, and a third album is just about to be released at the time of writing.

In the realm of DIY artists, UK composer and musician Kenny Mitchell has made himself a compelling creation with "Voyager". A production that does suffer a bit from being the work of a one man band, but containing two compelling pieces of instrumental progressive rock that should find favor amongst fans of bands like Pink Floyd in particular, and recommended to those amongst them who enjoy the more accessible parts of that band's repertoire. Especially if they don't mind music with somewhat more of a lo-fi production.

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 Voyager by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Voyager
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Kenny Mitchell resides in Newcastle, UK and produces music entirely on his own talents.A first taste of his value was launched in November 2012 with the EP ''Excerpts from Jane Eyre'', which showed a cinematic approach to rock music.Two months later his prog background came on surface.Mitchell's first actual full-length album saw the light via bandcamp, entitled ''Voyager''.The man recorded all instruments on his own and, more impressively, he was also responsible for all the graphic design, artwork and photo work of the CD.

The content of this effort prooves Mitchell's high ambitions, as the album consists of two long tracks, over 25 minutes each, of instrumental, dreamy and well-crafted Progressive Rock with evident hints from the 70's and bombastic nuances from the modern era.As a result, these pieces come as a combination of old-school acoustic lines and symphonic keyboard work with heavier guitar segments and spacey, layered synthesizers to deliver multi-inspired progressive music.Detected influences include PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, PORCUPINE TREE and even MIKE OLDFIELD.Basic elements of ''Voyager'' are the ethereal piano lines, the hard psych-influenced guitar riffing, the cinematic, almost MARILLION-esque electric solos and the bucolic acoustic underlines, while a variety of synth-based soundscapes is always around, not to mention the few occasions of organ-flavored parts.Powerful passages, vintage touches, symphonic overtones and a somewhat folky attitude are reasonable after-effects of Mitchell's diverse musicianship.Full of shifting tempos and climates, ''Voyager'' offer textures, that can be either dramatic and passionate or more laid-back with a lovely spaciness.Be sure to face some pretty solid and dense prog material at the very end.

Fundamental Progressive Rock of nice quality, summing up a great effort by this man.Atmospheric, challenging and tight music, wrapped up in two 25-min. packs of sheer beauty.Warmly recommended.

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