MUJICIAN
Paul Dunmall Tony Levin Paul Rogers Keith Tippett

duoFor almost two decades, this British free-jazz quartet has been working and refining their dynamic take on improvised jazz with the same quartet of musicians, all of whom are long-time mainstays on the English and European free-jazz scene: Paul Dunmall-saxes, Tony Levin-drums, Paul Rogers-7 string A.L.L. double bass and Keith Tippett-piano.

 


THERE'S NO GOING BACK NOW

On this, their sixth album, the group does what they have always done, which is to dig in and to investigate the music and where the music takes them, which in this case is a single, 45' long piece!

"Working within the instrumental parameters of the standard post-bop combo - piano, bass, drums and saxophones - the band situates itself in a space midway between what could be called Brit-Improv and American energy music...their sound is, if anything, more exhilarating than it has ever been." - Jazz Weekly

"With There’s No Going Back Now we are confronted with yet another example of a gripping mindset where total time and concentration takes control over an extended period. The fact that the result is such a grand, beautiful epic is some kind of justification, truly now there can indeed be no way back from instant classic status. This performance will haunt Keith Tippett, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rogers and Tony Levin forever. There’s No Going Back Now has the kind of definitive aura associated with Soft Machine’s Third or Kronos Quartet’s White Man Sleeps; there will be other music to come but this one will set the seal on everything else that follows. I guess, some days these things just happen." - Steve Day



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SPACETIME

Spacetime is another essential slice of improvising "Brit-jazz", features Mujician experimenting with shorter formats, and includes 15 pieces under 10 minutes each, recorded live in the studio.

"...the band has been together for many years, producing tasty, adventurous music that pushes the barriers of convention, but never sacrifices high standards. Each of these four musicians is a significant soloist, yet the totality of their balanced, collective sound is due to a certain synergy among them as they create sculptures of an almost transcendent nature... Grandstanding is discarded in favor of a more nuanced approach. Sometimes it even rises to the level of magnificence. The quartet forges a distinct sound, radical yet accessible, unconventional but comforting." - All Music Guide



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COLOURS FULFILLED

Produced by Evan Parker, Colours Fulfilled is definitely their best release yet. As Option said about their last release, "If you want to know where free-jazz is at these days, check this one out." While still obviously "free", this is one of their most overtly "jazz" releases, & it swings like mad!

"Mujician's music works because the group's four very forceful musical personalities don't get in each other's way. For all their differences, their strengths seem complimentary - Keith Tippett's massive, lumpish piano chords; Paul Dunmall's brutal, rough-hewn sax lines; the gravity of Paul Roger's bass playing; and the stony clarity of Tony Levin's percussion. The album begins and ends with Dunmall on bagpipes, two powerful performances which underline just how distinctive this group sounds. Elsewhere the music picks up where 1996's excellent Birdman left off, exemplifying the uncompromising charms of the tradition which it extends." - The Wire



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BIRDMAN

Mujician are an extraordinary UK improvising/free jazz quartet, featuring Keith Tippett-piano, Paul Dunmall-reeds, Paul Rogers-bass, & Tony Levin-drums. Intense-yet-controlled, with dynamic interplay from all four musicians. Mujician's music is notable for its wide range of musical interplay, its contrast between fiery freedom & calm melodies, and for it's wide variety of tonal color. They manage to be both ''avant garde'' & ''in the tradition''.

"The interplay among the four musicians is incredible - this is a listening band. The music may be unfettered & spontaneous, but the players are disciplined & sympathetic to the musical moment." - Goldmine

"...in the fine tradition of the Art Ensemble, Roland Kirk, or Mingus at his most out; solid intuitive, organic improvisation with all concerned leanding their ears. A-" - Montreal Mirror

"A major statement by a very fine band" - The Wire



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POEM ABOUT THE HERO

"The second album from Mujician was recorded live earlier this year. In the interim, free jazz has developed a tradition and language which Poem About The Hero unashamedly refers to. It may not be that radical anymore, but Tippett's ensemble can still surprise you with the ease with which it can slip in and out of different formal confines - from the rich and balladic, through the microtonal and muscular. " - The Wire


"Despite the intense free-jazz dialogue and improv, there are several instances of lush melodic content along with moments of quiet solitude. Mujician isn't about an eccentric bunch of free jazzers competing against one another, but a tight cohesive unit with a stake planted firmly in the ground. Highly recommended." - All About Jazz

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THE JOURNEY

Mujician’s 1st release.


"The Journey is in the fine tradition of the Art Ensemble, Roland Kirk, or Mingus at his most out; solid intuitive, organic improvisation with all concerned leanding their ears. A-" - Montreal Mirror

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