Fizzle/TDE Promotions is launching a new video recording made at the excellent Sansom Studios. This one is a really creative set from a trio led by Paul Dunmall and featuring Neil Charles on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums. This will be launched on Thursday 20th May at 8pm (UK time) on https://youtu.be/2fdFuvs5QEU.
This set features Paul Dunmall at his absolute best playing tenor saxophone on the first two improvisations, alto saxophone on the next and, finally, clarinet on the last piece. But what makes this session so special is the interaction between Paul and Neil Charles on bass and Mark Sanders on the drums. Paul and Neil had not played together before, but they immediately hit it off, both musically and socially, and the result is some very fresh and totally original improvised music. Mark plays regularly with both Paul and Neil so he really cements the session. As with the first of the recorded sessions with Paul, the recording interweaves Paul talking about his career between the different pieces. We hear about his time in the USA with the band of the Divine Light Mission, and how they rehearsed with Alice Coltrane. We also hear about his time with Johnny Guitar Watson and his great respect for Watson’s blues music.
It is definitely worth catching the launch session and joining in with all the comments, but the video will stay on YouTube after the launch. Of course donations are welcome as they will enable us to do more of these sessions. We already have three sessions on the Fizzle YouTube channel, and will do adding a video with violinist Sarah Farmer and laptop sound sculptor Annie Mahtani in the near future.
You can access all past and future videos at https://linktr.ee/fizzlebrum.
Paul and Mark have just released an duo album with the title Unity on the innovative Brooklyn New York label 577 Records. On this we hear the same creativity from Paul and Mark as on the trio recording; they produce a constant flow of fresh ideas on the five tracks, and Paul is as inventive as ever. Mark complements him throughout interacting at times with gentle sounds on gongs, wooden blocks and cymbals, at others with a driving pulse on the drums. Paul plays three different saxophones revealing a bright tone on alto saxophone on Track 1 Dwelling In Unity, a majestic tone on the tenor sax on Tracks 2 and 3, There’s The Distance and The Quiet Mind, and on Tracks 4 and 5, The Vacuum and Henry Grimes the mellow sound of the more unusual C-Melody sax.
Finally, a reminder that Fizzle goes live on Sunday 23rd May at 2pm with a double bill with the Chris Sharkey/Mark Sanders Duo and the Bruce Coates Quartet. This is at the Centrala venue in Digbeth. We have limited capacity as a result of the Covid restrictions, and today there are only 15 tickets left. Book here.