Paul Dunmall’s Sunship Quartet + Alan Skidmore

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Taking its title – and the cue for its repertoire – from John Coltrane's incendiary 1965 album, one of the “classic” quartet’s final recordings, tenor titan Paul Dunmall's Sunship project is a shining example of what can happen when reverence for “the tradition” collides head-on with a genuine dedication to improvisation and adventure.

Trane's themes and post-modal approach may be the basis for the band’s music but this is no mere tribute act. Each of the frontliners have found their own voice within the expansive Coltrane legacy, while the bass and drums team of Brice and Bianco channel Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones into creative new avenues rather than simply play copy-cat. There's also more than a hint of mutual admiration between Dunmall and the band’s special guest, fellow saxophone icon Alan Skidmore. Duns was co-featured in Skid's fondly remembered Tenor Tonic back in the 1980s, and when asked recently who he rated as the best around Skidmore unhesitatingly named Dunmall. Both men's love of Coltrane is well documented. “Simply the greatest saxophonist of all time,” says Skidmore of his tenor touchstone. “Overwhelming” adds Dunmall, a word that might also be ideal to describe this gig, which promises to be an energised ride to the outer reaches of the acoustic jazz tradition.
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Saturday October 6, 2:30pm

  • > Paul Dunmall - Reeds
  • > Alan Skidmore - Reeds
  • > Howard Cottle - Reeds
  • > Olie Brice - Double Bass
  • > Tony Bianco - Drums