The Great Divide

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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
British saxophonist and innovator Paul Dunmall continues to surprise with this exemplary release, which features his superb octet or nonet on five tracks, supplemented by an additional eight musicians on the final cut. As with previous recordings, Dunmall's compositions snake the boundaries between post-bop and the avant-garde, along the way featuring lengthy individual improvisations from participants in his top-flight outfit. His primary group includes the members of Mujician Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers, and drummer Tony Levin, with four horns added, including trombonist Paul Rutherford, plus guitarist John Adams on a few tracks. For "A Passage ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
British saxophonist and innovator Paul Dunmall continues to surprise with this exemplary release, which features his superb octet or nonet on five tracks, supplemented by an additional eight musicians on the final cut. As with previous recordings, Dunmall's compositions snake the boundaries between post-bop and the avant-garde, along the way featuring lengthy individual improvisations from participants in his top-flight outfit. His primary group includes the members of Mujician Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers, and drummer Tony Levin, with four horns added, including trombonist Paul Rutherford, plus guitarist John Adams on a few tracks. For "A Passage Through the Great Divide," Dunmall enlarges the group to big-band size, with the addition of saxophonists Evan Parker and Elton Dean, among others. The results continuously impress, with a surprisingly accessible program that never compromises and often thrills. By setting loose some of the cream of the substantial British free improvisational scene, Dunmall ensures that the performances will satisfy on multiple levels. While Dunmall gives his sidemen plenty of freedom, there is no question as to who is in control, as the intricately layered compositions set the moods and the directions, with shifting sonorities and rhythms. Urbane, intricate, yet reassuringly astute, Dunmall's sophisticated writing punches a somewhat restrained wallop that is peculiarly English without succumbing to cliché, flavored by an appealingly international flair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/22/2001
  • Label: Cuneiform
  • UPC: 045775014227
  • Catalog Number: 750142
  • Sales rank: 354,607

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Part One - Paul Dunmall Octet (9:39)
  2. 2 Part Two - Paul Dunmall Octet (6:52)
  3. 3 Part Three - Paul Dunmall Octet (3:50)
  4. 4 Part Four - Paul Dunmall Octet (11:22)
  5. 5 Part Five - Paul Dunmall Octet (11:20)
  6. 6 A Passage Through the Great Divide - Paul Dunmall Octet (11:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Dunmall Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Evan Parker Saxophone
Elton Dean Alto Saxophone
Keith Tippett Piano
Paul Rogers Bass
Lee Goodall Alto Saxophone
Tony Levin Drums
Oren Marshall Tuba
Simon Picard Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Tony Marsh Painting Concept
Steve Lowe Engineer, Mastering
Simon Picard Producer, Mastering
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