As the saying goes, when they lined up all the musicians named Dave Burns, this one was in the bathroom, perhaps washing out the mouthpiece of his flute. Champion discographer Tom Lord located three different creatures with this name that appear on recordings, but not this one, a possible sign that the music Burns made with Ian Boddy isn't jazz at all. When Boddy originally produced the 1981 Elements of Chance, it was perceived as jazz fusion and treated with more than just indifference, as if the record represented some kind of unwanted bodily fluid.
In retrospect, the allegiance with Boddy may turn out to be a good thing for Burns. Reappraisal of the former artist as an innovative genius of electronica from the days before the term was even used may effectively sweep up any and all former sidemen in a blissful acknowledgement of neglected kudos. All this aesthetic Boddy-building in fact only involved a few choice assistants. Burns and Boddy recorded Elements of Chance for the Mirage label solely with the help of bassist Sid Smith. The trumpeter David Burns is not related to the Boddy's beautiful flautist, nor is there any connection with the indie rock guy of the same name from bands such as Thumbnail -- just to name a few possible identity burn-outs.