Paul Dunmall

Zooplongoma

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Released on CD-R by Paul Dunmall on his DUNS Limited Edition imprint, Zooplongoma makes a very interesting quintet session. The saxophonist plays tenor here, his fat, buoyant sound forming a perfect pair with Hilary Jeffries' trombone. The two brass are answered by two electric guitars, those of John Adams and Philip Gibbs. Drummer Tony Marsh rounds up this bass-less group. It is funny how sometimes more musicians equals less volume. While a Tony Bianco/Paul Dunmall duet can summon a large amount of unbridled energy, this quintet date remains very quiet, as the improvisers focus on sonic details, listening closely to what happens. The first minutes of "Epessimepeton" feature beautiful interplay among sax, trombone, and Marsh's timpani. The title track (39 minutes) is a great group improv, it can match Mujician on any good evening. The players explore a wide range of dynamics and combinations, eschewing the clichés of tension and release, constantly keeping you on the edge of your seat. All the while, it remains friendly, warm, and almost effortless for the moderately trained ear (miles away from, say, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble). "Epessimepeton" is more conventional, especially in its 15-minute crescendo, but it still works well. Zooplongoma is more than candy for the dedicated follower. Fans of Mujician should try this CD to hear the saxophonist amidst very different instrumentation.

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