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ALBUM REVIEW

Robert Mitchell: The Glimpse

Read "The Glimpse" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist Robert Mitchell offers insight into a very particular musical place on The Glimpse: the world of solo, left hand only piano. The left hand: the hand responsible for the rhythm, the hand that keeps the beat, that lies in thrall to the melodic, excitable and exciting right hand. Why on earth would anyone want to play the piano using only the left hand? What a waste of half a keyboard and, indeed, half a pianist. Mitchell--a left hander himself--needs ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Robert Mitchell's Panacea: The Cusp

Read "The Cusp" reviewed by Alex J Watson

Robert Mitchell's Panacea presents The Cusp, its third album, and debut release for Edition Records. This collection of ten highly arranged original compositions by Mitchell, combines complex rhythmic writing with contemporary vocal jazz. The recording is delivered with a squeaky-clean production sound that can only be a reflection of the leader's attention to detail, and a personal involvement at every level. Mitchell was certainly wearing his heart on his sleeve when writing this record--from his ensemble writing ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Robert Mitchell 3io: The Greater Good

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The Greater Good was declared the “Best Jazz Album of 2009" by influential British DJ Gilles Peterson. At a time when piano trios seem to be enjoying a resurgence such an accolade might be hard to live up to in the face of some stiff competition, but this album's combination of original tunes, inspired covers, and fine musicianship makes it a worthy award winner. Although pianist Robert Mitchell has been around the British jazz scene for some ...

LIVE REVIEW

Robert Mitchell & Omar Puente at St. Cyprian's, London

Read "Robert Mitchell & Omar Puente at St. Cyprian's, London" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

Robert Mitchell & Omar Puente St. Cyprian's Church London, England April 1, 2008

This unlikely duo of acoustic piano and electric violin allows Robert Mitchell and Omar Puente to stretch their considerable abilities beyond the confines of a conventional jazz group. Perhaps more unconventional was the venue, literally a Church of Jazz, tucked away near Baker Street in central London.

This was the perfect acoustic for such a performance. Mitchell and Puente played a ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Robert Mitchell: Equinox

Read "Robert Mitchell: Equinox" reviewed by Frederick Bernas

Robert Mitchell Equinox F-IRE 2007

British pianist Robert Mitchell, yet another distinguished alumnus of bassist Gary Crosby's Tomorrow's Warriors development programme for young British jazz musicians, throws up many questions on his ambitious solo release Equinox. Performing alone is not unusual to Mitchell: as recently as 2004 he played opening recitals for saxophone luminaries Wayne Shorter and Branford Marsalis.

The launch gig for the new album took place on September 15, 2007. It was ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Robert Mitchell's Panacea: Trust

Read "Trust" reviewed by Chris May

The cultural trajectories of most musicians tend to be unidirectional. Sometimes they point south towards real or supposed roots and authenticities, sometimes north towards the European conservatoire, sometimes east and sometimes west. Rarely does the rocket travel in two directions simultaneously.

Robert Mitchell's vision, unusually, is omni-directional. He is as involved with African and South American musical traditions, especially their rhythmic heritages, as he is with post-Debussian European composition and harmony, and as concerned with the spirit as ...


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