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The last recording of the trio of saxophonist and flutist Paul Dunmall, guitarist Phill Gibbs, and the late drummer Tony Marsh, a fitting tribute to the great drummer's long association with Dunmall and Gibbs.

Marsh, Tony / Paul Dunmall / Phill Gibbs
For The Last Time

Marsh, Tony / Paul Dunmall / Phill Gibbs: For The Last Time (FMR)
Label: FMR    
Released in: Great Britain    

Tony Marsh

One of the most musical drummers that ever was. His use of space brilliant touch dynamics and most of all his total concentration.

"He always seemed in control and somehow made it look effortless but I know he was really working hard to make the music special.

His life was music until the very end.

Everybody loved playing with him, he always gave everything and expected the same from whoever he played with.

The night before this recording we played a duet gig in Oxford. He had this new rack of small cymbals that he was very enthusiastic about and was saying this was to become a permanent feature of his kit.

He was always looking for new discoveries. It was Phil's idea 6 months before to record the trio again, we hadn't recorded for 10 years and I'm so glad he suggested it because this was the last time I played with Tony. We had played toegher for over 30 years, just like my other dear friend and master drummer Tony Levin. Now that both of them have passed away it has left a big hole in my musical life that can neve be filled.

Of course we move on but friends made over a lifetime are irreplaceable. Something precious that is lost but we can stil hear them at their best playing the drums. Listen to the great Tony Marsh here, he passed away just a couple of months after this recording.

Peace and Joy... "-Paul Dunmall

"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 (

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Product Information:

UPC: 649849982728

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 342-0812
Squidco Product Code: 17373

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack, not sealed
Recorded on August 1st, 2012 at Victoria rooms, Bristol.


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Paul Dunmall-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute

Phill Gibbs-guitar

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Track Listing:

1. Don't take the easy road 20:46

2. Lizzie 7:57

3. Song of time 7:19

4. Song of light 10:51

5. See you again on the cosmic blue cloud 6:02

6. For the last time 10:08