Homage to Coltrane

Artist: Paul Dunmall

Date of Release: 27/07/2015

Catalogue no: SLAMCD296

Label: SLAM

Price: £14

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The authoritative collection and performance of the music of Coltrane undertaken by Dunmall and Bianco over the past 5 years is completed by this DOUBLE CD. Appropriately the final disc displays the added energy and reality of a live performance.

Paul says “with the release of my 3rd tribute CD to Coltrane I feel my wonderful journey focusing on his music is complete. It has been a very joyful experience and given me a great sense of fulfilment and satisfaction.”

I believe this final volume, together with the duo’s two earlier discs ‘Thank You to John Coltrane’ (SLAMCD 290) and ‘Tribute to John Coltrane’ (SLAMCD 292) will be recognised as one of the most sincere and genuine opuses celebrating and documenting the Coltrane legacy.
George Haslam




01/09/2015 Alex Henderson

Coltrane’s recording career as a leader can be divided into three main periods: hardbop of the midlate ‘50s; modal postbop (1960-65); and freeish jazz (1965-67). The duo of British tenor saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American drummer Tony Bianco (who has lived in London since the ‘90s) acknowledges all three on Homage to John Coltrane, which is their third Coltrane-inspired album (previously, they celebrated his work on Thank You, John Coltrane and Tribute to Coltrane, both released on the SLAM label). This live two-CD set was recorded at two different venues in the U.K.: a Nov. 7th, 2013 appearance at Delbury Hall in Shropshire and a Jul. 16th, 2013 gig at London’s Café Oto. They favor a heavily avant garde approach and aren’t shy about offering an abundance of outside improvisation. But instead of only performing material from the last few years of Coltrane’s life, the pair also use earlier songs as vehicles for their inside/outside explorations, saluting latter-day Coltrane with “Sun Ship” and an 11-minute “Ogunde”/“Ascent” medley alongside very free takes of “The Drum Thing”, “Naima”, “Alabama”, “Central Park West” and “Giant Steps”. One of the great things about A Love Supreme is the fact that although it is best to hear the album from start to finish, all four movements work well as individual songs. Dunmall and Bianco offer inspired extended versions of “Resolution” and “Psalm”; the latter, which lasts almost 19 minutes, opens with flute and sounds reflective. But after Dunmall moves to tenor, tension starts to build and his improvisation becomes increasingly forceful and abrasive. If Coltrane were still alive, he would be celebrating his 89th birthday on Sept. 23rd. One can only speculate on the direction his music might have taken. Would he have embraced fusion? Would he have been a good fit for Miles Davis’ electric bands of the ‘70s-80s? What we can say with certainty is that Coltrane left behind an extremely diverse catalog. Tributes to the innovative saxophonist will no doubt continue to be a part of recorded jazz for some time to come. Alex Henderson, SEPTEMBER 2015 | THE NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD file:///C:/Users/me/Downloads/34.pdf


19/08/2015 Ken Cheetham

‘Homage…..’ is the third album in a series from Dunmall and Bianco which has celebrated the music of John Coltrane and it completes the exercise. ‘Thank You to John Coltrane’ (SLAMCD 290) was recorded on November 27th 2011 and was a study of a few of the tenor man’s essential themes. ‘Tribute to Coltrane’ (SLAMCD 292) followed in 2013, complementing its forerunner and examining more deeply the saxophonist’s later, freer music. This final album is full of energy and passion, driving from start to finish, Tony Bianco’s liquid drumming sitting nicely along with Dunmall’s clearly defined and obdurate manifestations.

American drummer Tony Bianco has lived in London since the 90s and has a lot of experience immersed in the European avant-garde and free improv. Elton Dean, Dave Liebman and Evan Parker have all featured in that experience as indeed they have in Paul Dunmall’s background, along with Keith Tippett and many others.

This is a very fine album indeed and if you lean towards the great Coltrane, you will not be disappointed with this exciting revelation.

Reviewed by Ken Cheetham August 2015 http://www.jazzviews.net/paul-dunmall--tony-bianco---homage-to-john-coltrane.html


14/08/2015 Bruce Lee Gallanter

Featuring Paul Dunmall on tenor sax, flute & saxello and Tony Bianco on drums. This is the third tribute to the legendary saxist John Coltrane thatthis duo has done and it was recorded live at Delbury hall in Shropshire and at Cafe Oto in London, both in 2013. It is no secret that UK sax giant, Paul Dunmall, was heavily influenced by the American sax master John Coltrane. For the past couple of decades, the majority of records that Dunmall has done have been completely improvised, rarely covering anyone else’s music. Until now. For this double disc, Dunmall and his cohort, Tony Bianco, cover eleven songs written by Trane plus Trane's hit, "My Favourite Things". Opening with "Ascension", which originally featured five saxes and was often considered to be too much for many of his listeners. Does it work as a duo? Hell yes! This duo does a great job of capturing that intense, vibrating spirit, spinning a web of waves together. Coltrane's final studio recordings were called "Interstellar Space" and were indeed a duo with drums (Rashied Ali). Mr. Bianco actually reminds me of the great Rashied Ali at times, weaving a similar web. It does sound as if Dunmall and Bianco have been playing for a long while and they have on more than a dozen discs going back to the late nineties at the very least. Long, spiritual pieces like "Resolution" & "Psalm" both from "A Love Supreme" and "Transition" are all well handled. Dunmall switches to flute on "Psalm' and to saxello on "My Favourite Things" to show another approach to these pieces, the inner flame still burning bright. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG


12/08/2015 Vittorio Lo Conte

Il duo dell’inglese Paul Dunmall al sax tenore e del batterista americano, ma residente a Londra Tony Biancoè ormai ben rodato dopo le due riuscite incisioni insieme dedicate alla musica di John Coltrane. Il sassofonista afroamericano ha costituito una fonte di ispirazione fondamentale per Dunmall, ma non soltanto musicale. La spiritualità della musica, le improvvisazioni travolgenti, le atmosfere indimenticabili di album ormai storici, sono riprese dai due senza alcun timore. Sui due live c’è la musica che Coltrane ci ha indicato nei suoi ultimi album, portata dai due ancora oltre quelle che sono state le interpretazioni originali. La formula del duo nelle loro mani funziona bene, è un faccia a faccia in cui nessuno si nasconde, il sassofono iperattivo e la batteria incalzante trovano un punto di intesa perfetto. C’è anche il flauto che introduce Psalm, brano che chiude l’esibizione alla Delbury Hall, dopo l’assolo di batteria segue un fischio d’ancia continuo al sax tenore di Dunmall e si continua su questa linea surriscaldando l’atmosfera. Sul secondo disco, registrato al Cafe Oto di Londra, si continua per la stessa via, qui ci sono l’annuncio del presentatore e gli applausi del pubblico. La musica è ispirata, i temi a volte accennati, come Naima, veicolo per improvvisazioni spericolate lontane dalla forma ballad. C’è Giant Steps e c´è Alabama, qui l´esecuzione è più tranquilla, il tema riconoscibile, il sassofono appassionato ed eloquente come richiede il tema. Il classico di Rodgers e HammersteinMy Favourite Things è eseguito al saxello, e forse è un punto di partenza per le prossime esibizioni del duo. Qui l´espressione del sassofonista si fa meno ruvida, restando tuttavia sempre fedele all´assunto di partenza di una musica viscerale. Il semplice tema è ripreso diverse volte mentre la batteria sparge ritmi in modo implacabile. Chi conosce la musica di Coltrane dell’ultimo periodo apprezzerà senza dubbio questo doppio album, come fanno gli ascoltatori presenti al club con i loro calorosi applausi. I due fanno rivivere un periodo storico indimenticabile in modo sincero e si esprimono in modo viscerale, senza porsi troppe domande sulla bellezza formale. È un duo che ha ancora tanto da dire e che volentieri si ascolterebbe presso qualche festival italiano.
Vittorio Lo Conte http://www.musiczoom.it/?p=23376#.VdhEM_lVikp

The duo of English Paul Dunmall on tenor sax and the American drummer, but resident in London Tony Bianco is now well established after two successful recordings together dedicated to the music of John Coltrane. African American saxophonist has been a source of inspiration for fundamental Dunmall, but not only musical. The spirituality of music, improvisations overwhelming, unforgettable atmosphere of the album now historical, are taken from the two without any fear. There is live music on the two that Coltrane has shown us in his last album, brought by two more over those who were the original interpretations. The formula of the duo in their hands works well, it is a face to face where no one is hiding, saxophone hyperactive and insistent drums are a perfect point of understanding. There is also the flute introduces Psalm, a song that closes the concert in Delbury Hall, after the drum solo followed by a whistle-reed continuous tenor sax of Dunmall and you continue on this line heating up the atmosphere. On the second disc, recorded at Cafe Oto London, you continue by the same way, here are the announcement of the presenter and the audience's applause. The music is inspired by the themes sometimes mentioned as Naima, daring improvisations vehicle away from the ballad form. There’s Giant Steps and there’s Alabama, the execution here is quieter, the recognizable theme, saxophone passionate and eloquent as the subject requires. The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein My Favourite Things is carried on saxello, and maybe it's a starting point for upcoming performances of the duo. Here the expression of saxophonist becomes less rough, but it must always faithful assumption of starting a visceral music. The simple theme is taken up several times while the battery spreads rhythms relentlessly. Those who know the music of Coltrane last period undoubtedly appreciate this double album, as do the listeners present at the club with their warm applause. The two are reviving a historical period unforgettable so sincere and express themselves in a visceral way, without asking too many questions about the formal beauty. It's a duo that still has much to say and who we would willingly listen to at some Italian festivals


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