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Good Dog, Happy Man

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    Bill Frisell's release Good Dog, Happy Man further explores the musical ideas expressed in two previous recordings for Nonesuch, Nashville (1997) and Gone, Just Like a Train (1998). Good Dog, Happy Man reunites guitarist/composer Frisell with the rhythm section featured on Gone, Just Like a Train, bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Jim Keltner, as well as multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, k.d. lang) on dobro, mandolin, Weissenborn, National steel guitar, and lap and pedal steel guitars, and Wayne Horvitz (Zony Mash, Naked City, The President) on Hammond B-3 organ.

    With the addition of Greg Leisz and Wayne Horvitz and fuller orchestrations than on other recent recordings, Good Dog, Happy Man breaks new ground, blending Frisell’s warmly refined sound with such indigenous musical elements as country, blues, bluegrass, and rock. L.A. Weekly, in reviewing Gone, Just Like a Train, said, “What Frisell has begun to fashion on his latest releases is a sensibility as unmistakably American as that of Charles Ives or Duke Ellington, with the harmonic and tonal complexity of both and a seductive melancholy all his own.” The New York Times called Gone, Just Like a Train Frisell’s “simplest and best recording in years.”

    The 11 original tunes on Good Dog, Happy Man celebrate Frisell's emergence as a composer who has created a genre unto himself. As with his preceding two albums, he continues in pursuit of a music that reveals a wide emotional range and that ultimately defies categorization. The one non-original composition on the album, a rendition of the traditional folk song "Shenandoah," is performed here with special guest Ry Cooder and dedicated to the guitarist Johnny Smith.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars, loops and music boxes
    Greg Leisz, pedal steel, Dobro, lap steel, Weissenborn, National steel guitar and mandolin
    Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano and samples
    Victor Krauss, bass
    Jim Keltner, drums and percussion
    Ry Cooder, electric guitar and Ripley guitar (5)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS

    Produced by Lee Townsend
    Recorded at O’Henry Sound Studios, Burbank
    Recording and mixing engineer: Judy Clapp
    Assistant engineer: Jeff Shannon
    Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
    Assistant Engineer: Adam Muñoz
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC
    Production assistance: Noel Grey and Louisa Spier

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Photographs by Michael Wilson

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Friday, May 14, 1999 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79536

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
38
84
Saturday, May 1, 1999 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Bill Frisell
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Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597953626BUN
Price: 
14.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597953664
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597982275BUN
Price: 
24.00
Label: 
LP+CD+MP3
Description: 

Bill Frisell's release Good Dog, Happy Man further explores the musical ideas expressed in two previous recordings for Nonesuch, Nashville (1997) and Gone, Just Like a Train (1998). Good Dog, Happy Man reunites guitarist/composer Frisell with the rhythm section featured on Gone, Just Like a Train, bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Jim Keltner, as well as multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, k.d. lang) on dobro, mandolin, Weissenborn, National steel guitar, and lap and pedal steel guitars, and Wayne Horvitz (Zony Mash, Naked City, The President) on Hammond B-3 organ.

With the addition of Greg Leisz and Wayne Horvitz and fuller orchestrations than on other recent recordings, Good Dog, Happy Man breaks new ground, blending Frisell’s warmly refined sound with such indigenous musical elements as country, blues, bluegrass, and rock. L.A. Weekly, in reviewing Gone, Just Like a Train, said, “What Frisell has begun to fashion on his latest releases is a sensibility as unmistakably American as that of Charles Ives or Duke Ellington, with the harmonic and tonal complexity of both and a seductive melancholy all his own.” The New York Times called Gone, Just Like a Train Frisell’s “simplest and best recording in years.”

The 11 original tunes on Good Dog, Happy Man celebrate Frisell's emergence as a composer who has created a genre unto himself. As with his preceding two albums, he continues in pursuit of a music that reveals a wide emotional range and that ultimately defies categorization. The one non-original composition on the album, a rendition of the traditional folk song "Shenandoah," is performed here with special guest Ry Cooder and dedicated to the guitarist Johnny Smith.

DescriptionExcerpt: 

With keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz, and the rhythm section of Viktor Krauss (bass) and Jim Keltner (drums), Frisell “devotes himself to building seamless and personal collages of 20th-century Americana,” according to L.A. Weekly. Ry Cooder duets on an ethereal “Shenandoah.”

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Bill Frisell, electric and acoustic guitars, loops and music boxes
Greg Leisz, pedal steel, Dobro, lap steel, Weissenborn, National steel guitar and mandolin
Wayne Horvitz, organ, piano and samples
Victor Krauss, bass
Jim Keltner, drums and percussion
Ry Cooder, electric guitar and Ripley guitar (5)

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Produced by Lee Townsend
Recorded at O’Henry Sound Studios, Burbank
Recording and mixing engineer: Judy Clapp
Assistant engineer: Jeff Shannon
Mixed at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
Assistant Engineer: Adam Muñoz
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC
Production assistance: Noel Grey and Louisa Spier

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photographs by Michael Wilson