gunnelpumping: the act of standing on the rear gunnels of a canoe and propelling the craft forward by pumping one’s legs

Gunnelpumpers: a group of inspired musicians dedicated to the art of progressive, free improvisation


Montana Fix

Gunnelpumpers fourth commercial album, Montana Fix,  was released July 24, 2013.

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Gunnelpumpers is a group of musicians dedicated to the art of progressive, free improvisation. Founded in Chicago in 2002 by bassist/composer Douglas Johnson and percussionist Randy Farr, Gunnelpumpers has had over 50 musicians perform with the group. The core of the group currently includes founders Johnson and Farr, as well as rock guitarist John Meyer, Chicago Symphony bassist Michael Hovnanian, and session musicians Tom Mendel on bass guitar and Bob Garrett on drums.

At the heart of Gunnelpumpers lies the spirit of improvisation, and each musician brings a wide range of influences to create a unique and compelling sound. By nature Gunnelpumpers defies labels, but perhaps “tribadelic” best describes the myriad of styles drawn from, which ranges from rock to classical, jazz to psychedelia, and beyond.

Based in Chicago, founded in 2002