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Paul Dunmall: Bright Light A Joyous Celebration

Read "Bright Light A Joyous Celebration" reviewed by John Sharpe

While the opener suggests a blowing session from veteran British saxophonist Paul Dunmall, as good as that promises to be, the reality is better still. Joining him is a starry cast drawn from succeeding generations, with the addition of American drummer Hamid Drake. With the drummer touring in the UK. Dunmall took the opportunity to renew a friendship that stretches back almost two decades, one first heard on the fiery Peace And Joy (Slam, 2006). Alongside them in the studio ...

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Paul Dunmall / Olie Brice: The Laughing Stone

Read "The Laughing Stone" reviewed by John Sharpe

Reedman Paul Dunmall and bassist Olie Brice have collaborated on many occasions, with Palindromes (West Hill Records, 2020) and John Coltrane 50th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto (Confront, 2019) only the most recent offerings. They supplement that tally with The Laughing Stone, a studio duet captured in November 2021 in Birmingham, England. Now one of the elder statesmen of the British scene, the prolific Dunmall has appeared alongside luminaries ranging from Evan Parker to William Parker and many more ...

Radio & Podcasts

New Releases Including Paul Dunmall Plus A Tribute To Peter Brötzmann

Read "New Releases Including Paul Dunmall Plus A Tribute To Peter Brötzmann" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this show we feature new album releases from Paul Dunmall, Dan Pitt, Patrick Golden with Jim Clouse & Adam Lane, Alex Coke & Carl Michel, Doug McDonald, Altin Sencalar, David Helbock, Jason Kao Hwang, Aki Rissanen, and, Tyshawn Sorey. In addition, we mark the passing of Peter Brötzmann with three selections from his extensive music catalogue.Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Paul Dunmall “The Beauty In You" from New Quartet : World Without (577 Records) 01:01 Dan Pitt Trio ...

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Paul Dunmall / Paul Rogers / Tony Orrell: That's My Life

Read "That's My Life" reviewed by John Sharpe

Contrary to the title, That's My Life is not a career retrospective for iconoclastic British reedman Paul Dunmall. In fact it hails from the archives, a live date from Bristol recorded way back in 1989. On being asked about this set in a radio program in 2023 honoring his upcoming 70th birthday, Dunmall commented that it sounded like a different person compared to how he played now, albeit one who was still quite accomplished, but who used a lot more ...

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Paul Dunmall Quintet: Yes Tomorrow

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Veteran British saxophonist Paul Dunmall helms a crew of talented graduates from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on Yes Tomorrow. It's the second time they have appeared on disc with him in a unit as all four were part of the sextet responsible for Cosmic Dream Projection (FMR, 2021). While renowned as a peerless free improviser, Dunmall also composes, here presenting eight original compositions. Even though the majority incorporate accessible riff-based heads, sometimes evoking the spiritual jazz of his one-time employer ...

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Paul Dunmall & Mark Sanders: Unity

Read "Unity" reviewed by John Sharpe

In spite of a decades long association, Unity constitutes only the second time British reed icon Paul Dunmall has appeared on disc in tandem with drummer Mark Sanders. And on the earlier occasion, Pipe And Drum (FMR, 2012), Dunmall restricted himself entirely to bagpipes of various species, so this outing is notable as the first documentation of the pair together on their primary instruments. The union of two of the country's premier improvisers doesn't disappoint. Dunmall increasingly wears ...

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Paul Dunmall - Matthew Shipp - Joe Morris - Gerald Cleaver: The Bright Awakening

Read "The Bright Awakening" reviewed by John Sharpe

British saxophonist Paul Dunmall reaffirms the transcendent power of free jazz with a muscular quartet convened for his triumphant appearance at the 2012 Vision Festival, for which he invited pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Joe Morris and drummer Gerald Cleaver to join him. The pianist and reedman were well acquainted, having hooked up during a Shipp residency at London's Cafe Oto in 2010, with the group captured for posterity on Live In London (FMR, 2017). While Dunmall had not previously played ...


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