the nth wave

by Gunnelpumpers

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One brisk January afternoon some time ago [2003!], four friends gathered together with the intent of capturing some of the sonic magic that had resulted from previous informal get-togethers. With no rehearsals, one ratty distortion pedal, one or two premeditated musical ideas, two double basses, and an array of percussion instruments, they set up the mics and pressed “Record”. The music was literally pulled from the air, sometimes old and ancient, while at other times modern, edgy. Encompassing a broad expanse of time, space, and emotion, this music travels, goes places, to the various corners of the world, music of peace, warmth, unrest, solitude, frenzy, friendship, often playful, while at other times seeking, unsettled. These seven songs appear in the order they were recorded live that January afternoon. Almost lost to the dustbin of history, this album -- the result of their very first recording session -- reveals the very essence of this group of musicians otherwise known as Gunnelpumpers.


released May 25, 2010

Doug Brush - tabla, cajón, hybrid kit, percussion
Randy Farr - congas, shakers, percussion
Michael Hovnanian - double bass
Douglas Johnson - 5-string double bass, distortion pedal

Engineered by Bob Garrett at StudiOm
Mixed and mastered by Brian Bullard
Photography, layout and design by Joan Levergood
Special text by Nathan Johnson
Produced by Douglas Johnson
Release by Spiritflake Music



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Gunnelpumpers Chicago, Illinois

Pioneers of their instruments and wizards of improvisation, Gunnelpumpers is an instrumental ensemble that creates compelling worlds of sound from simple grooves. This group of accomplished musicians is able to draw forth music that is fresh, unadulterated, and rarely premeditated. Their music is infused with a myriad of styles in ways that sound like nothing else. ... more

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