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Dunmall, Paul / Percy Pursglove / Tony Orrell: Nothing in Stone (FMR)

Recording at Jazz at the Fringe in Bristol in 2017, saxophonist Paul Dunmall shows his Coltrane influence in three extended improvisation with the trio of long-time collaborator Tony Orrell on drums and percussion, and bassist and trumpeter Percy Pursglove, in a concert that presents masterful playing, impressive creative asides, and insightful soloing.
 

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UPC: 748079797079

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD463-1117
Squidco Product Code: 25303

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Jazz at the Fringe, in Bristol,England, on September 13th, 2017, by Chris Trent.


Personnel:

Paul Dunmall-tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Percy Pursglove-bass, trumpet

Tony Orrell-drums, percussion

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track listing:


1. Nothing In Stone 13:47

2. Speaking In Tongues 28:08

3. Blue India 37:51
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Recording at Jazz at the Fringe in Bristol in 2017, saxophonist Paul Dunmall shows his Coltrane influence in three extended improvisation with the trio of long-time collaborator Tony Orrell on drums and percussion, and bassist and trumpeter Percy Pursglove, in a concert that presents masterful playing, impressive creative asides, and insightful soloing. While not explicitly drawing on Coltrane, and with no credits for any of the compositions, the title "Blue India" hints at Dunmall's fascination with and influence from 'Trane, balancing staggeringly rapid runs with beautifully lyrical, blues-based sections. The trio move as one, almost telepathically anticipating each other, able to draw back for open moments of creative interplay, and then jumping back in for vigorous exchanges of absolutely impressive playing. Highly recommended.


Artist Biographies:

"Paul Dunmall was born 1953, Welling, Kent; saxophones, clarinets, bagpipes, miscellaneous wind instruments.

As told to Watson (1989), Paul Dunmall was a working class lad from Welling who left school at 15 and spent two years repairing instruments at Bill Lewington's shop in Shaftesbury Avenue, London. He turned professional at 17 and, following two years touring Europe with a progressive rock band (Marsupilami), joined the Divine Light Mission, a spiritual movement led by Guru Maharaj Ji and moved from London to an ashram in America. He told Isham (1997), 'I moved to an ashram full of musicians - a music ashram - but it was still spiritual practice. That gave me a spiritual understanding through meditation, Coltrane's music, and all the rest of it, led me to that, and that's been a fundament in my life ever since - that I can actually sit down and meditate and forget my body. I realise how important meditation is in my life... but I don't do it so much these days.' During the three years he lived in America, Dunmall played with Alice Coltrane (in a big band with the Divine Light Mission) and toured for twelve months with Johnny 'Guitar' Watson.

Back in England, he played with Danny Thompson and John Stevens as well as folk musicians Kevin Dempsey, Martin Jenkins and Polly Bolton and then, in 1979 he became a founder member of Spirit Level (Tim Richards, piano; Paul Anstey, bass; Tony Orrell, drums), staying with the group until 1989. During his time with Spirit Level, Dunmall joined the two-tenor front line group Tenor Tonic with Alan Skidmore (1985), played and broadcast with Dave Alexander and Tony Moore in the DAM trio (1986) and formed the Paul Dunmall Quartet with Alex Maguire, Tony Moore and Steve Noble (1986).

In 1987 Paul Dunmall joined the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, being a constant member and appearing on all their recorded output from that date onward. The following year the improvising collective quartet Mujician was formed by Keith Tippett, Dunmall, Paul Rogers and Tony Levin and has continued to be a regular performing, touring and recording group, sometimes augmented by other musicians. Dunmall has also played in a trio with Keith and Julie Tippetts and in Keith Tippett's big band Tapestry. Two other duos have also sprung out of Mujician: Dunmall with Tony Levin (two CD releases) and Dunmall in folk-influenced outings with Paul Rogers. Another regular playing partner throughout this period and up until the present includes Elton Dean.

In 1995, two trios were formed, the first with Oren Marshall, tuba and Steve Noble, percussion, the second with John Adams, guitar and Mark Sanders, percussion, these sometimes coming together as a quintet. More recently, Dunmall has played in another reeds/guitar/drums trio with Philip Gibbs and Tony Marsh and there appears to be regular crossover between all these players. The Paul Dunmall Octet was founded in 1997."

Dunmall also has released a large number of albums and a box set on the UK FMR label, in various configurations and instrumentation.

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/musician/mdunmall.html)
9/12/2018

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"After graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire's BMus(Hons) Jazz course with first class honours, I received a scholarship to study on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at the New School University, New York City. During my time living in New York I performed with ensembles including The Duke Ellington Orchestra at Birdland, The Coltrane ensemble and the Rene Marie Big Band at Town Hall, and with Matt Brewer and Tommy Crane at The Knitting Factory.

I am now working as a freelance Jazz musician/composer/arranger/recording artist (Trumpet/Double Bass) Since 2005 I have been lecturing in Jazz at the Birmingham Conservatoire senior and junior departments, I also have a roles as director of the National Youth Jazz Wales, tutor for National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland/National Youth Jazz Collective, music for youth mentor and improvisation clinician for Wales Music Teachers Federation.

I am also the artistic co-director of Harmonic Festival, producing and promoting two successful and adventurous jazz festivals in Birmingham in recent years.

I have featured in a number of performances aired on BBC Radio's Jazz on Three including live concerts with Alex Hawkins, Peter Evans, Paul Dunmall, Elliott Sharpe and a number of radio and televised concerts with the WDR Radio Big Band, Koln. I was a featured in Jazzwise magazine's 'Taking Off' interview. Recent musical highlights include performing Gil Evans Sketches of Spain with the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra and playing Trumpet for Evan Parker's 70th birthday celebration, Kings Place.

Some of the most prominent artists I have performed and recorded with include:

Claudia Quintet, Food with Thomas Stronen/Iain Ballamy, Bill Frissell, Paul Dunmall, Peter Evans, Jon Irabagon, Hans Koller, Dan Weiss, Matt Brewer, Michael Gibbs, Thomas Morgan, John Hollenbeck, Mark Dresser, Victor Bailey, Drew Gress, Ben Monder, Phil Woods, Claudio Roditi, Jeff Williams, Chris Speed, Matt Mitchell, Evan Parker, Jakob Bro, Elliott Sharpe, Vince Mendoza, Peter Erskine, Django Bates, Steve Swallow, Chris Potter, John O'gallagher, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Dave Liebman, Dave Holland and Norma Winstone.

For the past twelve months, I have also been a Jazzlines/Jerwood Foundation fellow, hosted at Town Hall-Symphony Hall Birmingham. This has allowed me to compose a new work written for octet and eight-voice choir - 'Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls' - based on speeches and associated works of iconic figures through history. This will premiere in October, where I will perform alongside Julian Arguelles, Paul Clarvis, Hans Koller, Michael Janisch, James Allsop, Jim Rattigan plus choir.

I hold honorary membership (Hons BC) to the Birmingham Conservatoire in recognition of services to music."

-Percy Pursglove Website (http://www.percypursglove.com/about/)
9/12/2018

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UK drummer Tony Orrell is a long-time collaborator with saxophonist Paul Dunmall, having played together in the 70's band Spirit Level in Bristol. They have continue to play together over the years. Orrell is also known for the band The Jellilalas.

-Squidco 9/12/2018

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Lopez, Ramon / Percy Pursglove / Rafal Mazur
Threefold
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Dunmall, Paul / John O'Gallagher / John Edwards / Mark Sanders
Freedom Music
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe / Ashley John Long
Seascapes
(FMR)
Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders
Live in London
(FMR)
Guy, Barry
The Blue Shroud
(Intakt)
Dunmall / Edwards / Noble / Sanders
Go Straight Around The Square
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
(FMR)
Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders
Chords Of Connections
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs
Electrosonics
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Ashley John Young
Now Has No Dimension
(FMR)
McGovern, Neil / Paul Dunmall
Intervention
(FMR)
Circuit (Dunmall / Taylor / Gibbs)
Electro Acoustic Ensemble
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs / Alison Blunt / Neil Metcalfe / Hanna Marshall
I Look At You
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Dunmall, Paul / Tony Bianco
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Dunmall, Paul Sextet
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(FMR)
Kellers, Willi Quartet
Life In A Black Box
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe
The Ravens Look
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Philip Gibbs
The Clouds Turned Silver
(FMR)
Deep Whole Trio (Dunmall / Rogers / Sanders)
That Deep Calling
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Trevor Taylor
New Atmospheres
(FMR)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Dunmall / Hanslip / Gibbs / Ricart
Weeping Idols
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs
Dreamworld
(FMR)
Marsh, Tony / Paul Dunmall / Phill Gibbs
For The Last Time
(FMR)
Dunmall / Wooster / Sanders / Mapp
The Iceberg Quartet
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Mark Sanders
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McGovern, Neil / Paul Dunmall
Intervention
(FMR)
Dunmall / Davis / Kane
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Realisation Trio: Dunmall / Jurd / Bashford
Salt Dolly
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Dunmall / Gibbs / Rogers
Tribute to Tony Levin
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Irvine Ensemble, Brian With Paul Dunmall / BBC Concert Orchestra
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Realisation Trio, The (Paul Dunmall / Nick Jurd / Jim Bashford)
The Realisation Trio
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Dunmall / Gibbs / Rogers / Sanders
Kithara
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Circuit
Genesis
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Rogers / Dunmall / Bianco
Dig Deep Trio
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Tippett, Keith Octet
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Deep Joy Trio
Live in Austria
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Dunmall / Gibbs / Metcalfe / Rogers
Sun Inside
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Atmospheres Without Oxygen (Dunmall / Gibbs / Stevens / Taylor)
4 Live In Oxford
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Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Miles Levin
Manu
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Rogers / Dunmall
Distant
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Dunmall / Sanders / Edwards
Mind Out
(FMR)
Dunmall / Edwards / Gibbs / Sanders
Boundless
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Dunmall / Bianco / Kane
Ritual Beyond
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Circuit: Electro Acoustic Ensemble
Epiphany
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Dunmall, Paul
Deep [DVD]
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Dunmall, Paul Sun Quartet
Ancient and Future Airs
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Taylor / Dunmall / Chang
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Dunmall, Paul Octet
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Dunmall, Paul
In Your Shell Like
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(Not Two)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe / Ashley John Long
Seascapes
(FMR)
Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders
Chords Of Connections
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs
Electrosonics
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Ashley John Young
Now Has No Dimension
(FMR)
McGovern, Neil / Paul Dunmall
Intervention
(FMR)
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Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs / Alison Blunt / Neil Metcalfe / Hanna Marshall
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Dunmall, Paul / Tony Bianco
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Dunmall, Paul Sextet
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Kellers, Willi Quartet
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Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe
The Ravens Look
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Philip Gibbs
The Clouds Turned Silver
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Deep Whole Trio (Dunmall / Rogers / Sanders)
That Deep Calling
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Trevor Taylor
New Atmospheres
(FMR)
Vandermark / Gregorio / Bishop / Morris / &c
Pipeline
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Dunmall / Hanslip / Gibbs / Ricart
Weeping Idols
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs
Dreamworld
(FMR)
Marsh, Tony / Paul Dunmall / Phill Gibbs
For The Last Time
(FMR)
Dunmall / Wooster / Sanders / Mapp
The Iceberg Quartet
(FMR)
Dunmall, Paul / Mark Sanders
Pipe & Drum
(FMR)
McGovern, Neil / Paul Dunmall
Intervention
(FMR)
Dunmall / Davis / Kane
Clown
(FMR)
Realisation Trio: Dunmall / Jurd / Bashford
Salt Dolly
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Dunmall / Gibbs / Rogers
Tribute to Tony Levin
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Irvine Ensemble, Brian With Paul Dunmall / BBC Concert Orchestra
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