- Released: May 18, 1999
- Label: Nonesuch
The Wire - 7/99, p.54
"...deceptive minamalism....A shimmering, gossamer quality is most distinctive of Frisell's guitar stylings....[a] strange and beautiful album..."
CMJ - 6/7/99, p.27
"...often [recalls] sunny, patriotic ditties or the bluesy, rootsy side of jazz....full of focused tunes and flawless musicianship, [it] is propelling [Frisell] from experimental ace to American classic."
JazzTimes - 9/99, pp.78-9
"...[GOOD DOG] is a recording full of gentle things, bolstered by innate smarts and rugged musicality."
Dirty Linen - 2-3/00, p.92
"...a beguiling instrumental stew that transcends genres and goes straight to the soul."
- 1.Rain, Rain
- 3.Big Shoe
- 4.My Buffalo Girl
- 5.Shenandoah (for Johnny Smith)
- 6.Cadillac 1959
- 7.The Pioneers
- 8.Cold Cold Ground
- 9.That Was Then
- 11.Good Dog, Happy Man
- 12.Poem for Eva
Personnel: Bill Frisell (acoustic & electric guitars, loops, music box); Ry Cooder (electric & Ripley guitars); Greg Leisz (pedal steel, lap steel, National steel & Weissenborn guitars, mandolin, dobro); Wayne Horvitz (piano, organ, samples); Viktor Krauss (bass); Jim Keltner (drums, percussion).
Recorded at O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, California.
Personnel: Bill Frisell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, National guitar, mandolin, loops, music box); Ry Cooder (guitar, electric guitar); Greg Leisz (lap steel guitar, dobro); Wayne Horvitz (piano, organ, sampler); Jim Keltner (drums, percussion).
Recording information: O'Henry Sound Studios, Burbank, CA.
Photographer: Michael Wilson .
Unknown Contributor Role: David Bither.
Bill Frisell is like a chef or an alchemist. He brings together the characteristics and properties of diverse players to make one unique amalgam. With GOOD DOG HAPPY MAN, Frisell seeks the common ground between such musicians as bluegrass bassist Viktor Krauss, erstwhile New York downtown jazzbo keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, blue country steel guitarist Greg Liesz, and journeyman rock drummer Jim Keltner. What these very different players have in common is the inability to fit into easily defined categories or molds. Similarly, Frisell's own musical voice draws from all corners of American tradition.
GOOD DOG is an album steeped in locale. It exudes a sense of place. Frisell's compositions range from subtle groove frameworks ("Big Shoe") to fragile ballads ("Rain, Rain"). The lone cover, a traditional "Shenandoah," features guest guitarist Ry Cooder. This album falls beautifully between the earthiness of Frisell's NASHVILLE album and the spontaneous combustion of GONE, JUST LIKE A TRAIN.