PJ Newman

The Hand Of Dog

Origin 82447

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...there are rewards to be reaped in this album
Adam Greenberg

Seattle-based producer/engineer/composer/musician PJ Newman explores the dizzying soundscapes he has been creating since 1982. Joined by saxophonists Jessica Lurie & Sue Oldfield (Living Daylights, The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet), bluegrass maverick Danny Barnes (Bad Livers), drummer Ben Smith (Heart) and Irish Fiddle superstar Martin Hayes, his self-described style of "Blind Overdubbing" and "I Ching Mixing" set the stage for lush, dynamic and surprising musical adventures reminiscent of Fred Frith, Marc Ribot & John Zorn.


Track Listing:

1. Fanfare For Both Paws 1:39
2. To Zooey, For All Of The Things I Never Had The Chance To Say To You, Love Jazz 10:26
3. Son Of Chinese Water Torture 8:20
4. I Did Not Dream Of Playing Golf 1:43
5. Roosevelt Hotel / F**k The Blues 18:32
6. Sizzling Tiger Music 10:19
7. Fanfare For Both Paws (reprise) 5:15
8. You're Surrounded (super Secret Hidden Track!)

Performers:

PJ Newman - Guitars/keyboards/percussion
Jessica Lurie - Saxophones
Sue Orfield - Tenor Saxophone
Ben Smith - Drums Martin Hayes
Danny Barnes - Banjo
Garey Shelton - Bass
J Todd Dunnigan - Keyboards/percussion
John Morton - Guitars
David Marriott - Trombone
Thomas Marriott - Trumpet
Christian Koppenhafer - Vocal Stylings
Sam Maynard - Synthesizers
Kelly Davis - Synthesizer & Percussions

Production Info:

Produced & Directed by Pj Newman Associates with Producer: Garey Shelton
Engineered & Mixed by PJ at The Klingon Science Reading Room, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Garey Shelton at his studio, Seattle, WA
Roosevelt Hotel/f**k The Blues was recorded live @ The Tractor Tavern, 31 July, 1996 by John Saba On The Dog Girl Remote
Photography: Rick Carroll & PJ
Cover Layout: John Bishop


Reviews of The Hand Of Dog

All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
On The Hand of Dog, Seattle-based artist PJ Newman puts himself to work creating a series of innovative sets. At times reminiscent of Zappa, and at times simply playing with the sounds of his samples, Newman puts together a nice collection of works. His guitar is the centerpiece of the majority of the pieces, often in interplay with a pair of saxes ...

KZSU (Craig Matsumoto)
Jazzy sax solos over odd synth soundscapes. Newman starts with sampled sounds and synth washes, overlaying a concretely jazzy soloist -- often Jessica Lurie, a saxophonist with an adventurous but accessible style (check out her pop/fusion band, Living Daylights). A mix of thoughtfulness and fun jamming. This doesn't apply to Track 5 (see below). ...

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