Gunga02: Alan "Gunga" Purves: All By Myshelf.

Gunga02: Alan "Gunga" Purves: All By Myshelf.
Label: Gunga
Catalog Number: Gunga02
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Price: €13.50

Alan Purves: squeekie toys, drums, school bells, wee kalimbas, euler's disk, brim bram, jaws' harp, kisses, drums, wee bells, tubes, bottles of water, moothies, wee accordions, electric pipe, spring drum, bodhran, bird whistles, hand pan, boom wackers, chinese crickets, rubber drums, voice.

Eight Days a Squeek 2:17
Shell Fish 2:06
Brim Bram 1:10
Cousin Plank 4:41
Kiss my Shelf  6:13
Afro Dizzie Act 1:50
Wet My Shelf 1:29
Tango for a Toad 2:06
I'm too Sexy for my Shelf 2:57
Fish Trees Water Fleas 2:48
Me my Shelf and I 2:37
Shelves by Themselves 0:57
Not by My Shelf on a Train in the Kitchen 5:29
Blackfoot B4UC 1:48
OK, How Bout Your Shelf 3:32
Ducks on the Where Path 3:59
All by my Shelf 4:08
Thank-you 0:03
Alan Purves, December 2005, Amsterdam. Buma/Stemra.
Words & Music: Alan Purves

Recording Engineer: Dave Norket

Recorded & Mastered: Wave Construction Co., Amsterdam.

Scottish drummer/percussionist Alan Purves is one of the many expatriates on the Amsterdam jazz scene, and while not as ubiquitous as Michael Vatcher or Han Bennink, turns up in a variety of aggregations, notably Joost Buis's brilliant Astronotes, the spirited New Dutch Western Swing of Bite the Gnatze, and the rather dodgy Dutch-Canadian band Aros.

All By Myshelf is an overdubbed solo album of music originally created for a theatre production for the deaf – and if that sounds like a complete absurdity (along the lines of spazz guitarist Billy Jenkins' recording the theme song of a TV show for the deaf), then maybe the joke's on you, as you listen to these meticulous assemblages of junkshop / toyshop trouvés and try to imagine what it looks like to see Purves working over (e.g.) "Brim Bram, School Bell, Nails, Toy Siren, Squeekie Toy, Broken Perc." (the instrumentation of "Not By My Shelf on a Train in the Kitchen"). Worth comparing this disc to Hans Reichel's Lower Lurum (what is Reichel doing nowadays, by the way?) or to Terry Day's belatedly released meisterwerk of overdubbing, Interruptions.

But the difference between Day and Purves could be summed up by one of PT's touchstone quotes: "Does he care about his pitches?" Melodic precision isn't exactly top priority amidst the delirious spatter-paintings of Interruptions, whereas Purves's squeaky toys are arrayed in disconcertingly melodious choruses – it's a different kind of dementia, closer to that guy on The Muppets picking out melodies from a row of cute furry creatures with a pair of mallets. Which brings up the obvious question: what exactly was that theatre piece this stuff was meant to accompany?–Nate Dorward, Paris Transatlantic