On 15th September 2017 Robert Mitchell will officially release his new project on vinyl and digital. "A Vigil For Justice. A Vigil For Peace" is an album encompassing music played solo and in a trio format (Robert's new exciting band Epiphany 3), spoken word with inspiration coming from beat poetry, hip hop and beyond. Both music and words are inspired by the rapid political change in atmosphere in recent times, against the backdrop of so much unrealised human potential and vast inequalities.
In “A Vigil For Justice, A Vigil For Peace” the composer addresses dissatisfaction with the political process, inequality and division, continued struggles for peace, migration, refocussing on the special talents that everyone possesses, long lasting love and a tribute to Debbie Purdey. The album is also an introduction to a larger work called “The Spirit Line”. You will find that the music inspired by freedom, groove, power, grace, symbiosis, Ubuntu, trust, love and loss contains - odd metre, latin influences, free form, funk, fusion, m-base Steinway piano, Vintage vibe, toy piano and Roland synth keyboards, acoustic, electric and electro acoustic bass - with touches of inside piano and drum machine. All of it is a brilliantly executed whole - Robert Mitchell's ninth album to date, produced by the ECM recording artist Miles Bould, released on Depth of Field label and features Laurie Lowe on drums, Tom Mason on electric, acoustic & Electro-Acoustic basses and Thami Hlabangana & HKB Finn as narrators.
There has already been buzz in the media about the upcoming release and we're thrilled that the album features in Jazz in Europe in July and the article has had some 6.5 thousand hits! Read the story here. Robert's new album also featured in Chris Philips' Blueprint programme on JazzFM and you can listen to it again here.
Album launch: 15th Sept, Vortex Jazz Club, London with special guests Julien Lourau on saxophone and Masumi Endo - dance improvisation.
All in all “A Vigil For Justice, A Vigil For Peace” is an album that deserves pride of place in any modern jazz enthusiasts collection (Jazz In Europe) Agreed! Plus, what a beautiful cover! Looking forward to the launch date and live gigs.