Jazzlines honours an individualist

Paul Dunmall with the late Tony Levin. This picture was taken by the late Russ Escritt in 2011.

Paul Dunmall with the late Tony Levin. This picture was taken by the late Russ Escritt in 2011.

Paul Dunmall has always followed his own path, and it’s been one in which freedom has played a crucial part. He has been a consistent, reliable and inspiring presence across the British jazz scene since the 1970s, whether working with Spirit Level and the Jazz Composers Orchestra in the 1980s, as a member of Mujician, or in countless live and recorded free improv sessions.

The tenor and soprano saxophonist, as well as occasional Northumbrian piper, turned 60 in May and Birmingham jazz promoters Jazzlines has commissioned a new sextet piece from him to celebrate this milestone. It will be performed at three venues later this month.

The Jazzlines release tells us this:

The commission, entitled Life in Four Parts For Sextet will feature movement from the composed sections to freely improvised passages. Early reports on the commission indicate that the written music covers a broad palette from very melodic passages to sections for full on improvisation.

The sextet that Paul has formed and is writing new pieces for, features Jazzlines Fellow Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Mike Fletcher on alto saxophone, Mike Hurley on piano, Chris Mapp on bass and Mark Sanders on drums.

The Paul Dunmall 60th Birthday mini-tour will comprise:

Saturday 26 October: mac, Birmingham
Monday 28 October: The Vortex, London
Tuesday 29 October: Cluny 2, Newcastle

The Birmingham and London gigs will also have Paul playing in the Realisation Trio with Nick Jurd on bass and Jim Bashford on drums for an opening set. The Birmingham performance will be recorded for broadcast on the Jazz On 3 programme on BBC Radio 3.

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