"Dream Catcher is an album of original music that I orchestrated with many different instruments, sound-on-sound, in a variety of world, blues, and new-music styles. The songs have much to do with, as you might have guessed, dreams. Some of the lyrics and ideas came to me in the middle of my sleep and I somehow had the presence of mind to wake up and write them down. Other songs are about things, places, and spiritual presences that commonly populate my dreams. The balance of the material comes from that semi-consciousness state of mind where ridiculous things somehow make sense---a place between consciousness and sleep where all things become possible....."
A dozen songs with great names, none of which matter. This really cool album is the hardest to review of the entire Blue Rhythm CD catalog. It is definitely not Blues. The closest thing to it is "In The Prairieland" but this goes much further out to the edges. The theme, which is less a unifying feature than a great excuse to make a totally eclectic recording, is dreams. "Some of my songs come to me in the middle of my sleep." While others, "come from a semi-conscious state of mind where ridiculous things somehow make sense."
What can be said. Patrick took the photos for the CD cover. He dreamed the material he then wrote which he then performed and produced. This musical effort is as creative and self-revelatory and honest as it gets.
---MIKE RICHARDSON, BLUES NEWS, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY BLUES SOCIETY, DAVENPORT, IOWA, NOV.1998
......While these songs make it hard to pigeon-hole Hazell into one genre, they appear to be where he wants to focus his creative outlet. So having been linked to the Jazz and Blues genre does not satisfy Hazell and he looks to expand to a more progressive and unrestricted style of songwriting. It works on a few of his pieces but most fall into the uncommercial realm of music marketing, in other words they fall short of reaching the Pop music scene by quite a distance. Attractive to the minor music market possibly, but even that may be of a speculative nature. Hazell has broken from tradition and wanders in a musical world few dare to explore. His presentations have strength, if not melodically, certainly his emotional strength is in the contents. If one is searching for something unique and complex, "Dream Catcher" may just be what one has been dreaming about.
DOWNEAST REVIEW Sabattus, Maine 8-22-01