Newman, P.J. / Hand Of Dog, The
Album: Hand Of Dog, The   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Newman, P.J.   Added:Sep 2005
Label:Origin Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-09-25 Pull Date: 2005-11-27 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Nov 13 Oct 30 Oct 16
Airplays: 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Nov 11, 2005: chapter 25.0: probotector
Fanfare For Both Paws (Reprise) / You're Surrounded
3. Oct 14, 2005: chapter 21.1: aural train wreck engineering
I Did Not Dream Of Playing Golf
2. Oct 28, 2005: Memory Select
Sizzling Tiger Music

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-09-21
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).

1- Slow, pretty sax tones
2- Bright sax wanderings over synthy soundscape. Cool hand drums join in later.
3- Spare guitar over water droplets. Slow and meditative.
4- Like "danger" music from a movie soundtrack. Small synth piece
5- Eh? It's a ROCK SONG, bluesy, even rollicking, with lyrics and a horn section. With a slow bar-band jam, packed with solos, that stretches the time to 18 minutes! Totally out of left field. I love it.
6- A lonely jam, slow. Like #2 but with two saxes and a darker, more experimental feel.
7- Reprise of #1, ends after 1:35. Then a pause and the "hidden track" at -3:15: An upbeat synth number, recalling the closing credits of "Buckaroo Banzai."

..... Not that it's related, but Graham Connah as a CD with a similar pun title: My Dog Has Fleas. It's a fun jazz romp, similar in attitude to this one (but more "directly" jazz, no soundscape work). Jessica Lurie doesn't appear on that one but she's probably acquainted with Connah.

Track Listing
1. Fanfare For Both Paws   4. I Did Not Dream Of Playing Golf
2. To Zooey, For All Of The Things I Never Had The Chance To Say To You, Love Jazz   5. Roosevelt Hotel / F**K The Blues
3. Son Of Chinese Water Torture   6. Sizzling Tiger Music
  7. Fanfare For Both Paws (Reprise) / You're Surrounded