Thursday, May 30, 2013


Label: FMR Records – FMRCD286-0210
Format: CD, Album; Country: UK - Released: 2010
Style: Free Jazz, Free Improvisation
Recorded at Delbury Hall, Shropshire, United Kingdom, 2009-07-15
CD layout (front cover reproduced above) by Ewan Rigg
Packaging: Digipack
Producer By – Trevor Taylor
Recorded By – Chris Trent

Paul Dunmall – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Tony Bianco – drums; Dave Kane – bass

The nature of the music on this album is equally free, but where the sextet album offers free floating, this one is more about free expression, and full of fierce energy too. This energy is largely the result of the powerplay of Tony Bianco on drums, whose unrelenting pounding is taken up quite well by Dave Kane's bass. Both form an incredibly strong backbone for Dunmall's quite jazzy playing, either on bass clarinet or tenor. The trio calms down a little for the third piece, "Sarasiwati", yet not for long. Three musicians in superb doing, yet they are so prolific and their approach is often quite similar, making this album hard to recommend over previous Dunmall albums, but fun it is.

_ by Stef (FreeJazz)


Featuring Paul Dunmall on tenor sax & clarinet, Dave Kane on contrabass and Tony Bianco on drums. British drum wiz Tony Bianco has worked with Paul Dunmall in a number of duos, trios and a quartet with Alex Van Schlippenbach. Tony has also worked with Elton Dean, Dave Liebman and Evan Parker. Dave Kane is a fine young bassist who is a part of that great trio with Matthew Bourne who have also recorded with Paul Dunmall on a fine Slam CD as well as another quartet disc on Duns. This disc was recorded live (?) at Delbury Hall, the sound is great. Dunmall starts on clarinet while the trio takes off powerfully. Mr. Bianco is a master drummer, as is their bassist Dave Kane. The trio work extremely well spinning furiously together into a whirlwind of exciting connections. Although Paul sounds great on clarinet, when he picks up his tenor half way through the first piece, the temperature starts to rise and the sparks start to fly. At times Tony Bianco sounds like Elvin Jones as he swirls powerfully around his drums. He pushes the rest of the trio higher and higher, unleashing a dynamic force as he goes. This is one tight and profoundly intense trio! If you dig a later Trane-like trio effort, then this one is for you.

_ By BRUCE LEE GALLANTER, Downtown Music Gallery

Links in Comments!


  1. PAUL DUNMALL, TONY BIANCO, DAVE KANE – Ritual Beyond (2010)



  2. thanks ; happy to hear an unknown (by me) Dunmall.

  3. Dunmall is amazing, one of my favorite musicians.