Paul Dunmall

Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Welling, Kent, England. Tenor and soprano saxophonist Dunmall has built a striking reputation among fellow post-modernists. After starting on the clarinet at the age of 12, Dunmall graduated to alto and then tenor and joined his first band while still at school. He toured Europe with the avant garde rock group Marsupilami in 1969, before moving to America in the mid-70s where he played with Alice Coltrane and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson among others. Dunmall returned to England in 1976, and three years later co-founded the excellent modern jazz quartet Spirit Level. In 1985, he joined Alan Skidmore in Tenor Tonic, and the following year formed the Paul Dunmall Quartet with Tony Moore, Alex Maguire and Steve Noble. Among the other artists with whom Dunmall has subsequently worked are Elton Dean, Keith Tippett, Annie Whitehead, Paul Rogers, Mark Sanders, Tony Levin and John Adams, in addition to being a member of Mujician and the London Jazz Composers...

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