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Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs / Alison Blunt / Neil Metcalfe / Hanna Marshall: I Look At You (FMR)

Blending free and compositional players, saxophonist Paul Dunmall leads the quintet of Neil Metcalfe on flute, Hanna Marshall on cello, Alison Blunt on violin and Phillip Gibbs on guitar for a refined and sprightly set of extended improvisations recorded at Birmingham Conservatory.

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UPC: 0642415162661

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD397
Squidco Product Code: 21528

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Birmingham Conservatory in Birmingham, UK on July 1st, 2015 by Simon Hall.


Paul Dunmall-soprano saxophone, clarinet

Phillip Gibbs-acoustic guitar

Alison Blunt-violin

Neil Metcalfe--flute

Hanna Marshall-cello

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track listing:

1. I Look At You 13:09

2. Looking At Me 11:05

3. Hoping 13:46

4. For Some Reality 16:12

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"Paul Dunmall leads a highly stimulating session of almost classical improvisers ensemble The guitar of Philip Gibbs is balanced by the strings of Alison Blunt and Hanna Marsh, fast making big waves in the improvising circles with their musicality and creativeness All of this topped of with the serene sound of flute virtuoso Neil Metcalfe and off course Dunmall himself, ever omnipotent, providing the spark and trigger for these often ultra delicate excursions into sound this record is a milestone in just how good improvisers are, sounding often as if they played together every day and rehearsed for long periods difficult introverted written contemporary music, but no its all improvised . Fabulous music!!! that will these musicians reputation no harm at all. The sting players are are stunningly good and add so much to the music!"-FMR

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.

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"Growing up in Kenya and Cumbria and starting out as a classical violinist, Alison Blunt has become an internationally respected artist creating music utilising or consisting of improvisation, Her solo and collaborative projects often reach beyond the music stage and involve film, text, dance, theatre and visual art.

Alison Blunt was born in Mombasa, Kenya, grew up in Nairobi and subsequently in the Lake District, UK. Finding her way from a classical violin training at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alison's fascination with sound, motion and space has led her into national and international projects exploring the boundaries between art forms and genres and creating, performing and recording new music.

She has performed new and creative work in contrasting environments including Royal Albert Hall, BFI, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Sage Gateshead, Sesc Pompeia (Brazil), MS Stubnitz (Germany), Boat Ting, Colourscape Music Festival, Little Angel Theatre, Vortex Jazz Club, Cafe Oto, Colston Hall, Symphony Hall, Buckingham Palace Gardens, Latitude Festival, Bimhuis (Holland), SoundOut Festival and ACME (Australia), Musikhuset Aarhus (Denmark), St Magnus Festival & Mull Theatre (Scotland), European Storytelling Marathons (Holland & Belgium), Alte Gerberei (St Johann, Tirol), MS Stubnitz, Radialsystem, & B-Flat (Germany), Stockwerk Jazz Club (Styria), Wunderbar (South Island NZ) and The Kosmos (New Mexico USA) with a diverse array of creative artists including Apartment House, Apocryphal Theatre Company, Renee Baker, Julia Barclay-Morton, Barrel, Barcode Quartet, Cristiano Calcagnile, Lawrence Casserley, Viv Corringham, Guy Dartnell, John Edwards, Vinny Golia, HANAM Quintet, Elisabeth Harnik, Tristan Honsinger, Cat Hope, Birthe Jorgensen, Tony Marsh (RIP), Hannah Marshall, Lisa Mezzacappa, Gianni Mimmo, Phil Minton, Lode, London and Berlin Improvisers Orchestras, Evan Parker, Pierette Ensemble, Reciprocal Uncles, Gino Robair, Mark Sanders, Guillaume Viltard, Ove Volquartz and Michael Zerang.

Alison's activities range from composing for film, visual arts, theatre and contemporary dance productions to touring solo musical storytelling performances, from performances with interdisciplinary ensembles to arranging and recording children's albums, from gigging with rock bands to gigging with world folk music artists, from writing about new music to performing and recording new music. Alison resists being pigeonholed."

-Alison Blunt Facebook Page (

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Other Releases With These Artists:
Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford
Sign Of The Times
Dunmall, Paul / Percy Pursglove / Tony Orrell
Nothing in Stone
Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders
Live in London
Dunmall / Edwards / Noble / Sanders
Go Straight Around The Square
Dunmall, Paul Quintet
The Dreamtime Suite
Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]
Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders
Chords Of Connections
Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Ashley John Young
Now Has No Dimension
McGovern, Neil / Paul Dunmall
Circuit (Dunmall / Taylor / Gibbs)
Electro Acoustic Ensemble
Dunmall, Paul / Tony Bianco
Dunmall, Paul Sextet
Life in Four Parts
Kellers, Willi Quartet
Life In A Black Box
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe
The Ravens Look
Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Philip Gibbs
The Clouds Turned Silver
Deep Whole Trio (Dunmall / Rogers / Sanders)
That Deep Calling
Red Dhal Sextet (Jeffery / Schubert / Dunmall / Schlippenbach / Majkowski / Dimitriadis)
Red Dhal Sextet
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Trevor Taylor
New Atmospheres
Bianco, Tony & Paul Dunmall
Hour Glass [2 CDs]
Dean, Elton / Paul Dunmall / Paul Rogers / Tony Bianco
Remembrance [2 CDs]
Dunmall / Hanslip / Gibbs / Ricart
Weeping Idols
Dunmall / Sanders / Thomas
Descent III
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs
Marsh, Tony / Paul Dunmall / Phill Gibbs
For The Last Time
Dunmall / Wooster / Sanders / Mapp
The Iceberg Quartet
Dunmall, Paul / Mark Sanders
Pipe & Drum
McGovern, Neil / Paul Dunmall
Dunmall / Davis / Kane
Realisation Trio: Dunmall / Jurd / Bashford
Salt Dolly
Dunmall / Gibbs / Rogers
Tribute to Tony Levin
Realisation Trio, The (Paul Dunmall / Nick Jurd / Jim Bashford)
The Realisation Trio
BARREL (Blunt / Kallin / Marshall)
Gratuitous Abuse
Marsh Quartet, Tony
Quartet Improvisations
London Improvisers Orchestra
Lio Leo Leon
Dunmall / Gibbs / Rogers / Sanders
Rogers / Dunmall / Bianco
Dig Deep Trio
Tippett, Keith Octet
From Granite To Wind
Deep Joy Trio
Live in Austria
Dunmall / Gibbs / Metcalfe / Rogers
Sun Inside
Atmospheres Without Oxygen (Dunmall / Gibbs / Stevens / Taylor)
4 Live In Oxford
Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Miles Levin
Rogers / Dunmall
Dunmall / Sanders / Edwards
Mind Out
Dunmall / Edwards / Gibbs / Sanders
Dunmall, Paul & Chris Corsano
Identical Sunsets
Circuit: Electro Acoustic Ensemble
Dunmall, Paul
Deep [DVD]
Dunmall, Paul Sun Quartet
Ancient and Future Airs
(Clean Feed)
Taylor / Dunmall / Chang
London & Glasgow Improvisers Orchestras
Separately & Together (Freedom of the City 2007)
Dunmall, Paul Octet
(Clean Feed)
Dunmall, Paul
In Your Shell Like
Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers
Awareness Response
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