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KENNY MITCHELL

Crossover Prog • United Kingdom


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Kenny MITCHELL was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, and now lives in England. He started playing guitar when he was 11 years old but only began working with keyboards around 2011 when he started recording his own albums, and didn't know a good keyboard player at the time so decided to do it all himself. He has played both guitar and bass in a multitude of bands over the years but never with any big names as he never found himself in the right place at the right moment to meet the right people and had all but given up on music completely before deciding to give it one more try back in late 2011 when he started recording and producing. Since then he has released 8 albums: all available on Bandcamp and on all the regular streaming sites. All his albums are self-produced and all are entirely composed, played and engineered in his home studio, as are his YouTube videos. His main man on vocals is his friend Nathan TILLETT who is also one half of the folk prog duo NAPIERS BONES. MITCHELL and TILLETT met by chance online a few years back when MITCHELL was trawling around on Soundcloud listening to other people's work and discovered TILLETTS Soundcloud page quite by accident. To date they have recorded a few songs together and hopefully will record a few more in the future.


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3.75 | 14 ratings
Voyager
2013
4.00 | 8 ratings
Songs From Another Time
2013
3.94 | 9 ratings
Resurrection
2014
4.00 | 13 ratings
The Lark At Heaven's Gate
2016
3.92 | 7 ratings
Cinematica
2017
3.21 | 9 ratings
The Light and The dark...
2018

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3.18 | 2 ratings
Excerpts from Jane Eyre
2012
3.50 | 4 ratings
Out of the Shadows
2015

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 The Light and The dark... by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.21 | 9 ratings

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The Light and The dark...
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

3 stars This is the latest release from Kenny Mitchell, who has been playing music for well over forty years, but only started recording his own material in 2001. This is his eighth album since then, and while he provides all music, he is joined by Nathan Jon Tillett on vocals from Napier's Bones. They met by chance a few years ago when Mitchell was going through Soundcloud and came across Tillett's page. This album contains two lengthy (more than twenty minutes long each) instrumentals, plus two shorter songs with vocals. It was one of these that led to this being a connected album, as when Nathan provided the lyrics for "Where Do I Go" he based them loosely on the story of the Charlotte Dymond murder which occurred on Bodmin Moor in 1844, and for which her spurned lover Matthew Weeks was convicted and hanged in August of that year. There was some controversy and speculation surrounding the conviction which is still discussed and debated today, more than 170 years later. Mitchell says: "Nathan's lyrics were so powerful and effective for the song that I decided to likewise loosely arrange this entire album around Charlotte and her story, and especially to try to give her a happy ending of some sort, if only an imaginary one. "Charlotte's Journey" describes her re-awakening after death and her travels through the void towards the shining light in the distance, "Where Do I Go" tells the story of her murder while "Reflections" and "The Waterfall" are given over to her killer who after the trial and conviction is given a short time to reflect on his deeds and his fate.

Given that Mitchell is first and foremost a guitarist, with keyboards being very much a secondary instrument, I was rather surprised to hear them so much to the fore, as there are times during the instrumentals when he comes across as Jean Michel Jarre, which is not what I expected at all. But, it does make sense given that this is a very atmospheric album, and the spoken words that feature in the opening epic works incredibly well with that backing. In some ways the album feels almost like three separate pieces of work, with the areas where synths are to the fore being one, when the guitars are off and running (as they do in "Reflections") is another, while the vocal area is a third. In some ways this means that as a whole the album can feel a little disjointed, and I would personally rather that Mitchell keeps these albums as pure instrumentals, which would allow the flow to be better throughout, and for him and Tillett to set up a separate project for where they record albums together. Overall this is an interesting release, and as with all his other albums they have all been released on Bandcamp so I suggest that progheads should give them a try.

 Cinematica by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.92 | 7 ratings

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Cinematica
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Bedbug

4 stars Very good instrumental album. I would classify this under the label of 'electronic crossover prog' if such a genre exists. There's plenty of synth sequencing and rich sounding layered pads throughout which are perfectly blended with some beautiful guitar work which brings a number of well known guitar players to mind as obvious influences.

There are three tracks on this album as well as a bonus track on the Bandcamp download.

My only real minor gripe with the album is that the two main tracks are perhaps somewhat unimaginatively named as 'Pt 1' and 'Pt 2'. Each has a run time of over 28 minutes so definitely not aimed at those listeners with a shorter attention span who prefer their songs to be no more than 3 minutes or so.

The third track ; sandwiched in between Pt 1 and Pt 2 and aptly named "Interlude" is much shorter at only 3 minutes and is a beautifully structured ambient and delightfully atmospheric short synth piece.

Both of the long tracks are fully action packed with plenty highs and lows and are diverse enough throughout their entire length to hold the listeners attention right to the very end.

The bonus track which comes with the download is named as "Cinematica Pt 2 : Youtube mix and also provides a youtube link to a section of that track which the artist has re-recorded especially for youtube.

In summary ; lovely stuff if you like long instrumentals of a kind of cross genre approach.

 Cinematica by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.92 | 7 ratings

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Cinematica
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Schmetterling

4 stars Perhaps not exactly in the prog rock genre but this is an album which is well worth a listen from an almost completely unknown and underrated guitarist and keyboard player.

The self produced album as with all of this artists albums is a digital release only and consists of 2 long instrumental tracks of slightly over 28 minutes each, both of which contain elements of classic sounding guitar wizardry ala Joe Satch, Dave Gilmour, or perhaps Gary Moore (or maybe all of 'em combined) sitting right alongside Tangerine Dream and/or Jean Michel Jarre. The album as it's title suggests is rather cinematic in concept and is a bit different from the more prog or metal style of this artists previous releases. Each track on the album is a journey which is well worth taking, and if like me you like the long tracks like 'Close to the Edge' or 'A Change of Seasons' for example, but without the singing, and you're kind of tired of listening to the same old stuff again and again and on the lookout for something new, this could be for you. It's on all the streaming sites including Bandcamp, itunes and spotify so give it a try if you fancy.....well worth it.

 Excerpts from Jane Eyre by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2012
3.18 | 2 ratings

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Excerpts from Jane Eyre
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by Shuggie

3 stars This album is very different from this artists other offerings and isn't prog by any description. It is however a nice little listen if you fancy a reflective quieter moment. It's quite orchestral and has lots of gentle piano work in it, and no guitars or drums at all. In terms of composition it's not the most highly technical of works, and it's not going to appeal to the most diehard of prog fans who prefer to listen to outstanding feats of syncopation and time signature wizardry, but as I say - it's really just not that type of album, and it is a pleasant little listen for late night background chilling out.
 The Lark At Heaven's Gate by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 13 ratings

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The Lark At Heaven's Gate
Kenny Mitchell Crossover Prog

Review by LunarSea

5 stars The latest offering from the criminally underrated Brit guitarist and keyboard wiz Kenny Mitchell.

Five tracks in total covering 53 minutes.

Four out of the five tracks are instrumentals with the fifth having a vocal line from guest artist Nathan Jon Tillett who has collaborated with Mitchell on previous work.

Along similar lines to his previous releases this is an album of genteel and elegant, somewhat vintage sounding prog with occasional angry bits sprinkled liberally throughout to keep the listener on their toes.

On the guitar side of things, there are many influences which can be heard, ranging from super fast Satriani style soloing to more pyrotechnic Vai styled guitar work - particularly on the long (24 mins+) opening track.

Tracks 2 and 3 are much more keyboard dominated and as with the previous album I reviewed from this artist, we can again hear the powerful Vangelis meets Jarre type of influences on the keyboard work with lush sounding pads and big soundscapes all wrapped up in a package of phasers and flangers on full overdrive - lovely. Guitars are still present on these two tracks although considerably more sparsely than on the other tracks, a deliberate ploy to highlight the artists keyboard skills by making the axes take a bit of a back seat..? Who can say, but this sparseness perhaps makes the guitars even more dramatic sounding at the points when they do make an appearance.

Track 4 is a kind of guitar/keyboard duel type of arrangement with guitar and keys taking turns at the solo spot - guitar definitely wins out in the end I think though which is no surprise as Mitchell always insists that he is a guitarist first and a keyboardist second.

On the final track we have some more delicate 12 string and 6 string acoustic guitar work throughout as well as the aforementioned vocal appearance. This is a beautiful track which builds up to an emotional and powerful climax, tapering off to end with just the piano and the vocal - shivers running down your spine type of thing.! More vocal work like this on your next album please Mr Mitchell.. !

As with the previous review I wrote for this artist, I would once again have trouble categorizing this album as it has so many different ideas, styles and apparent influences popping up all over the place, but if put on the spot I would say it was a kind of (mostly) instrumental BJH meets Rush with a bit of Yes thrown in with Satch standing in for Steve Howe much of the time and guest appearances from Jarre and Vangelis on the keys.

Conclusion : Very fine indeed and well worth a listen. 5 stars.

Available via the artists page on bandcamp on a pay what you want to pay basis.

 Songs From Another Time by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 8 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.

 Resurrection by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 9 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.

 Resurrection by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 9 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.

 Resurrection by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 9 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.

 Voyager by MITCHELL, KENNY album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.75 | 14 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.

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

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