After turning professional at seventeen and touring Europe for one year with progressive rock group Marsupilami he moved to America and lived there for three years playing with many musicians including Alice Coltrane and toured with Johnny Guitar Watson for one year.
On his return to the UK he worked with folk musicians Polly Bolton/Kevin Dempsey and groupings worked around the Dando Shaft band. In 1979 he became a founder member of the jazz group Spirit Level with pianist Tim Richards plus playing free improvised music with the Nigel Morris trio. At this time also Paul played in the London Improvised music scene.
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...eclectic, capable on several instruments and full of wonder for the improvised form - Andrey Henkin, All About Jazz
One of the most accomplished reedists on the planet - Ken Waxman, Jazz Weekly
Paul Dunmall is a monster sax player - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes
...a musician who can wail convincingly without abandoning his intellect - All Music Guide
Whether in a trio with Mujician's rhythm section or with the larger band of sympathetic fellow improvisers, Dunmall consistently produces powerful and passionate music - BBC Music Magazine (June 1994)
...robust and heavy-hitting performer who has gone on to concentrate largely on free improvisation without sacrificing a rigorous melodic logic, a sparing lyricism and the technique to drop in on bebop occasionally. - John Fordham, The Guardian