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Dream of the Serpent Dog
Bobby E., Clint Hoover and Jim Chenoweth
1997

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American Harmonica Newsmagazine
Cadence
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Easy Reeding, Hohner
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Harmonica Happenings
Harmonica Player
Harmonica World
Planet Harmonica
Minneapolis StarTribune
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Song Name (Composer)
Time
1.
Riptide (Bobby E.)
4:51
2.
717 (Bobby E.)
6:27
3.
Ripley's Waltz (Dream of the Serpent Dog) (C. Hoover)
8:01
4.
Easy Dreams (J. Chenoweth)
7:49
5.
Tonguin' Groove (C. Hoover)
5:49
6.
The Schlepp (J. Chenoweth)
3:38
7.
Waltz for Warner (J. Chenoweth)
6:45
8.
Snake Oil (C. Hoover, Bobby E.)
5:43
9.
Snake Charmer (C. Hoover)
7:11
10.
When Harry Met Sal (Bobby E.)
4:47


Harmonica Happenings
by Bill Hunneke
Spring 2000

Dream of the Serpent Dog is a delightful excursion through territory that seems fresh yet comfortably familiar at the same time. Employing chromatic and diatonic harmonicas, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and percussion, Clint Hoover, Bobby E., Jim Chenoweth, and Mac Santiago share some very tasteful original melodies. The songs themselves are presented simply and conjure up lots of imagery. This is a jazz album recorded so as to make the listener feel he or she is right there with the musicians, perhaps in some sidewalk cafe. The musician’s approach is sometimes earnest, sometimes whimsical, and always spot on. Witness the song Tonguin’ Groove which could be aptly subtitled: The Pink Panther Meets the Peanuts Gang. It’s sly, witty, and Clint employs a pleasing handful of musical confetti with flawless precision at the end of the song that adds a nice flavor.

The title song, Dream of the Serpent Dog begins shrouded in a mystical Middle Eastern feel which then modulates into a lighthearted skip. Picture if you will that you are a dog twitching in a somber dream that suddenly opens up into a sunny morning meadow custom made for a dog to romp through. Clint’s harmonica takes us on a musical exploration akin to a dog sniffing and rooting around through everything in it’s path.

Compositions by Jim Chenoweth are the stuff of Sunday afternoon rowboat rides on a calm, lazy lake. Both his Easy Dreams and Waltz For Warner literally drift along and Clint’s harmonica floats amongst with an easy, nearly effortless dexterity.

Each number on this record conjures up very distinct imagery. The music is deceptively simply arranged and flawlessly executed. The interplay between these fine musicians is a treat. You may accuse me of having an overactive imagination but before you do, put the record on, sit back, close your eyes and see if it doesn’t just take you away to some really enjoyable places.
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