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

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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 Player (Germany)
by Dale King
Winter 1998-99

From a translation:

This CD contains ten very interesting Jazz/Blues/Ballads. All are original compositions, carefully constructed and full of free improvisation. I think that Clint plays the CX12. This seems to be the current trend on chromatic harmonica. Thierry Crommen and Brendan Power, amongst others, prefer the CX12 for jazz and modern music. The songs always start quite structured, as solid pieces. Then in middle of the piece the soloist, usually Clint, takes a detour and starts improvising to the max. These boys really have a lot of imagination. Clint has a very clean tone, whether on chromatic or diatonic. His harps sound clear and full. Overall these recordings have an altogether authentic quality. A pleasure to my ears!

Clint plays the harp the way Picasso paints, in a very structured manner, becoming very abstract at will. Only a few accomplish this. A musician must really know the fundamentals in order to be able to turn everything upside down without losing the structure. This is exactly where Clint’s talent for improvisation is. He totally takes apart the foundation only to put it back together in a more interesting and new way.

Cut number 3, Ripley’s Waltz, demonstrates all of this, and when you hear cuts 8 and 9, nothing is missing. These blues, jazz, and ballad compositions are totally hip. I am excited to see what the group will record next! Brilliant compositions by Clint, Bobby, and Jim!!! Great Playing!
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