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  • Audio CD (15 Mar. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Dune
  • ASIN: B00005K2V0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,487 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. I'll Be Around 8:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Voyager 6:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Torch 7:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Days And Nights Waiting 6:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Home True 8:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Our Dream Mile 9:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mount Parnassus 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 

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A truly brilliant début album by this former member of the award-winning bands Quite Sane and J-Life. VOYAGER is a rare beast among débuts: a set of pieces in which composition and improvisation sit in perfect harmony; a musical statement through which Mitchell fully defines himself as a soloist, incorporating the melodic and harmonic gifts received from a classical training and from his travels in Africa, Asia, South America and Europe. Fitting for an album of this title, Robert’s sextet Panacea is an amazing multinational, multicultural group of musicians whose origins reach across the globe to the shores of the UK. VOYAGER brings together the many different voices that have resounded through Mitchell’s personal artistic journey – from M-base tinged grooves to classically infected balladry. There are so many qualities that define Mitchell’s style: orchestral, rhythmically restless, harmonically expensive, lyrically unashamed. But, when all is said and done, his music and lyrics are so original, his playing so inspired, that only one word truly defines Robert Mitchell: UNIQUE.

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Panacea are Robert Mitchell (piano, keyboards), Eska Mtungwazi (voice), Barak Schmool (saxophones), Nico Gomez (electric bass), Volker Strater (percussion) and Richard Spaven (drums), and Voyager is their impressive debut album. Special guests Steve Williamson, Omar Puente and Roberto Bellatalla bring an extra and welcome flavour to several tracks but even without them the album would compel attention. Apart from Alec Wilder's "I'll Be Around" and Keith Jarrett's "Days and Nights Waiting" all the material is by Mitchell, including some philosophically inclined lyrics interpreted with no little dramatic focus and style by female vocalist Mtungwazi. Piano, bass, drums and percussion form the impressive core of the group and combine to form some deliciously off-centre, urgent phrasing with a clipped but flowing feel. Schmool contributes a variety of economic, well-turned comments to Mitchell's earnest lyrics, the whole adding up to a stimulating, post-Weather Report, modern mainstream session of genuine quality. --Michael Tucker

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By horatio on 13 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Both this band and this album are outstanding! Both live and recorded they show the best that Britain has to offer, and it certainly holds its' own against the best the globe has to offer! Robert Mitchell has awesome grace and subtlety as both a performer and writer - and as for the comment that it is too free and hardgoing for the listener, although there is first class improvisation in the solos the pieces themselves are well structured and defined, not rambling free efforts that fail to make sense. This work shows the skill of all those involved in world class music which defies the restrictions of an easy label. Enjoy - this really is the best of british!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2002
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This recording is an essential piece of modern jazz. In fact, it goes beyond jazz, and includes some of the most catchy grooves I've heard for a long time held together superbly by Nico Gomez and Mitchell. The compositions are complex but still retain stunning musicality and soul, especially from Eska Mtungwazi's performances. A quintissential record from a truly gifted man.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Simon Neaves on 14 April 2002
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Robert Mitchell has developed a technique which really deserves to be heard. Just when you thought a funk was getting stuck this fresh young band with an abundance of talent puts a new slant on modern jazz. Tasteful, understated punchy grooves underlie a set of infectious melodies and virtuosic solos. A group that you'll want to tell all your friends about.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Sept. 2001
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Wanted to hear what Robert Mitchell had to offer after hearing him on various Courtney Pine recordings. Mitchell is an outstanding pianist, but this is very hard to listen to. All tracks are very free and experimental and require a great deal from the listener. Schmool's soprano sax is a highlight, but this is not something that's likely to grow on me. Sorry.
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