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Dunmal, Paul Sextet (Dunmall / Pursglove / Foote / Saunders / Owston / Bashford): Cosmic Dream Proje (FMR)

A studio project led by Paul Dumall on alto & tenor saxophones and alto flute, recorded while on touring hiatus during the pandemic, composing six passionate and melodically charged works performed by the brilliant sextet of Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, Steven Saunders on guitar, James Owston on bass, and Jim Bashford on drums.
 

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Paul Dunmall-alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, alto flute

Percy Pursglove-trumpet

Richard Foote-trombone

Steven Saunders-guitar

James Owston-bass

Jim Bashford-drums


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UPC: 748079797321

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 596
Squidco Product Code: 29905

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack - 6 panel
Recorded September 11th, 2020 at Samsom Studios, Birmingham, UK. Engineered & Mixed by Olly Sansom.

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A studio project led by Paul Dumall on alto & tenor saxophones and alto flute, recorded while on touring hiatus during the pandemic, composing six passionate and melodically charged works performed by the brilliant sextet of Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, Steven Saunders on guitar, James Owston on bass, and Jim Bashford on drums. The rhythm section with guitarist Steven Saunders allows for very active foundations to Dunmall's compositions, Saunders breaking out for dynamic solos and sliding back into the powerful grooves that fuel this music. An exceptional example of Dunmall's vision as a composer and player, and an exceptional album of modern free jazz.



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"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)
5/23/2024

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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/)
5/23/2024

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Richard Foote is a Birmingham, UK tromobonist best known for his horns and drums band Young Pilgrims, approaching New Orleans jazz in modern ways.

-Squidco 5/23/2024

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"Steven Saunders-guitar, composer

Having recently graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with a first-class honours degree in Jazz, Steve Saunders is a composer working within both the contemporary classical and jazz idioms. He has studied composition and improvisation under such internationally renowned figures as John O'Gallagher, Hans Koller, Percy Pursglove, Jörg Achim Keller, Mike Williams, Mark Hodgson, Greg Cohen, Jez Franks and Chris Montague. With John O'Gallagher, Steve studied post-tonal music from the Second Viennese School to the late twentieth-century modernists, whilst his studies with Hans Koller and Jörg Achim Keller specialised in arranging and composition for large ensembles, ranging from a small big band up to, and including, a symphonic orchestra. Steve studied with Jörg and Greg Cohen at the prestigious Jazz-Institut Berlin, during his undergraduate exchange period.

Throughout his university epoch Steve also sought private lessons with composer and pedagogue Lee Differ, with whom he undertook studies in harmony, counterpoint and form, analysing the classical tradition through to the modernist period.

In his final year of study, Steve developed an interest in the French 'spectral' movement, most notably, composers Tristan Murail and Gérard Grisey. This, alongside his technological advances inside IRCAM's own 'OpenMusic' software and his attraction to computer music, inevitably led to a composition exploring this area. Entitled Abstract Visions of a Foreign Land, this piece was a forty-minute, six-movement composition devised for an eleven-piece ensemble, aiming to amalgamate the intricacies of spectral harmony (as well as its relationship to time) with formal frameworks and improvisatory concepts taken from contemporary jazz. This piece was Steve's final project in the Conservatoire and was received to critical acclaim from a large audience, receiving one of the highest marks to ever be awarded to a final project.

After attending the premiere, US-based violin and percussion duo, 'String Struck Duo' (Shannon Riley and Gloria Yehilevsky respectively) commissioned Steve to write a piece for their series of winter concerts; this composition will premiere in Buffalo, New York and Chicago in winter 2019, and aims to further explore the concepts introduced by frequency-based composers.

Asides from his compositional pursuits, Steve has been an active guitarist on the UK jazz and improvised music scene for the past six years, leading several of his own projects (such as G L I T C H, his electronic based improvisatory trio, or his contemporary jazz group, 'Steve Saunders Sextet') as well as performing as a prolific sideman in other projects, playing alongside such notable musicians as John O'Gallagher, Jim Bashford, Percy Pursglove and Chris Mapp. Additionally, he has been an active educator, teaching guitar and music privately and in organisations for several years, as well as assisting in school workshops introducing children to improvisation and composition."

-Steven Saunders Website (https://steve-saunders.com/about)
5/23/2024

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"James Owston is a Birmingham based double and electric bassist playing regularly in the UK Jazz Scene.

James was born in Sutton, London in 1996 and moved to Gloucestershire in 2000. After taking up the electric bass at age 14, he played predominantly rock and groove music, until he was eventually introduced to Jazz. This led to him take up the double bass at age 18 to pursue his new-found passion for the music. Prior to attending University, James played with the Gloucestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra and other small ensembles, performing in the local area.

In 2015, James accepted an offer to study Jazz at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he has been receiving tuition from Arnie Somogyi and Mark Hodgson, Percy Pursglove and Mike Williams, as well as many other tutors at the institution. As part of his studies, James has received masterclasses from notable Jazz musicians Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Gilad Hekselman, Dave Liebman and Mike Gibbs, as well as getting the opportunity to perform with musicians such as Jeff Williams, Steve Cardenas and Julian Arguelles.

Whilst studying in Birmingham, James met the renowned British Jazz drummer, Clark Tracey, and in 2017 he joined the Clark Tracey Quintet. This led to performances at major UK Jazz venues such as the Vortex, 606 Club, Herts Jazz and South Coast Jazz Festival amongst others. As well as this, James has also performed in the Birmingham Symphony Hall foyer, Birmingham Town Hall, Eastside Jazz Club and Cheltenham, Manchester, Cleethorpes and Trondheim Jazz festivals. In April 2018, this band recorded their first album, also being James's first professional appearance on record, which is due to be released in September 2018.

As well as being an active sideman, James is leading his own groups, notably the James Owston Mingus Quintet, that focuses on the compositions and style of the great Charles Mingus, a strong influence for James as a bass player and composer."

-Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pg/jamesowstonmusic/about/)
5/23/2024

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"Jim Bashford, who hails from Sutton Coldfield UK started playing drums age 10 and was influenced by the rock/progressive rock and jazz scene worldwide, he was mainly self taught for the first 6 years then he studied drums under Steve Palmer.

The CONSTRUCTION quartet formed by Jim performed a tour in 2010 of original compositions with Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson, Johnny Brierley bass and Robin Fincker sax and clarinet. The quartet was then joined by Tim Harries on bass with a recording to follow called CENTRELINE THEORY which has recently been released on LEO Records 2017.

After 14 years of playing as a sideman in bands covering all genres and also working in construction full time whilst studying on a popular music course, Jim then moved on to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire for the BMus (Hons.) jazz course where he continued under drum tutors such as the great Tony Levin, Gene Calderazzo, Jeff Williams and Malcolm Garrett. He runs Auditions at the Birmingham Conservatoire and organises workshops with highly acclaimed artists on the jazz scene in Europe and the U.S. and also collaborates with Cheltenham Jazz Festival to run a session with the conservatoire students and Trondheim students as well as organising auditions for the course in the U.K. and Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Jim is a member of no less than 20 different ensembles and tours extensively throughout the UK and Europe, including appearances at London jazz venues such as the Barbican Centre, The Vortex and Kings Place; and prominent venues in Birmingham. He has also performed in prestigious international jazz festivals including the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Juan le pins Jazz Festival and future engagements at the London Jazz Festival. Also a short tour with Dave Sinclair from the band Caravan with a recording in Japan to follow and also recently a European tour with Katie Melua."

-Jim Bashford Website (http://jimbashford.co.uk/bio)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Cosmic Dream Projection 5:37

2. The Hours Are Passing 9:24

3. Kali Ma 8:26

4. Moon and Venus 10:38

5. Percy Goes to Hamburg 8:40

6. Ruby JO 7:04

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