---- From 2006-2009, PJ Shadowhawk played drums for the original QUASAR, a Prog Rock band relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area from England. With semi-legendary status, QUASAR helped to forge the neo-progressive era of music along with such notables as IQ, Pendragon, Pallas, Landmarq and Marillion. After much recording and live performances, PJ left the band in 2009 in order to dedicate full-time to this ("Land of Dreams") recording project. Joined by guitarist Evan Raymond, PJ has now completed work on a new solo CD, "Land of Dreams"... --- Prior to 2006, PJ briefly played drums with Gabriel Scott and The Bleeder Project out of San Francisco. And for many years previously, PJ composed theme music for the Theatre, Television and Motion Pictures, including "Membrane" and "Food for the Moon". PJ also played drums, bass, keyboards and guitar for club and show bands including the original Apocalypse (1979), Fury, Breakwater, Touch, TAZ, Omega Prime, The Honkytonk Band, Bankshot, Amberjack, The James Patrick Band and once, due to contractual obligations, had to turn down a summer tour with Merle Haggard. Early on, PJ used to play drums for Gabriel Bondage while working as a session drummer in Chicago. "At times I've been singer/songwriter/guitarist/bassist/keyboardist/percussionist/programmer and producer... sometimes having worn all the hats to get things done... but I am primarily a drummer... and composer." ---
---- PJ now owns and runs "Dinosaur Records Productions" and "PJAdamsongs", an ASCAP Publisher, as well as, writing and recording new and exciting music in all genres.
Edwin Roosjen - DPRP Magazine writes...
DPRP's Review of Dinosaur Records USA CD "Land of Dreams" available at www.dinosaurrecordsusa.com and CDBaby! Just in time for the Holidays!
"When I heard P.J.'s music for the first time I thought keyboard was his main instrument of choice instead of drums. The vocals are not excessive on this album and are the least interesting part. Not bad but it is obvious that the music is about the lengthy solos and instrumental parts.
There is some narrative and some vocals on Atlantis but besides that, the song is mainly instrumental. Land Of Dreams is not as lengthy and has more lyrics, starting with keyboards but it is mostly driven by heavier guitar riffs. A nicely balanced track, with a melodic bass-line.
Who Would Jesus Bomb is P.J.'s answer to the Quasar song Mission 14. A 15-minute track in which I hear a lot of Rush influences. The song is nicely split into five minutes with vocals, five minutes instrumental and then again five minutes with vocals. There area some nicely alternating time schemes that P.J. explains in the booklet.
Alone is in the same league as Land Of Dreams but does not reach the same level of interest as the title track. Two Sidesis another lengthy song, which starts with a lot of piano, slowly gaining intensity. The vocals remind me a lot of Peter Gabriel. The strange keyboard melodies increase the comparison with Genesis. This song is more dramatic with the many mellow parts alternating with more bombastic sections.
Shadow Hawk Attacks is a funny piano theme that P.J. probably uses as a gimmick. The bonus tracks show a more experimental side and are nice as a document to see where P.J. gets his inspiration."
Highlands Magazine (fr) writes...
LAND OF DREAMS
(United Kingdom, 2011)
If the name PJ SHADOWHAWK arouses
nothing in your memory, the group
QUASAR, will not fail to arise in your memories.
Founded in 1979 this group has now
the added value of multi-instrumentalist
PJ Shadowhawk ... a member between 2006 and 2009.
This multi-instrumentalist / drummer
"Jack of all trades" has explored
areas as diverse as production,
singing and even composition for
film and the theater. In the vein of néoprogressive
groups like Pallas, Marillion,
IQ, Pendragon, Renaissance and the two
headliners Yes and Genesis, PJS
offers a variety of exciting and melodic music.
Playing all the instruments except the lead guitar of
EVAN RAYMOND in places, you can trust the ten
songs allow themselves to be discovered with
ease. "Songs of Atlantis Suite" paints a landscape
using both "Seventh Age" and "Atlantis".
Alert, vibrant, playful, with selected passages of
beautiful flights, the voices, keyboards, and guitars move us.
And then, the voice speaking softly arises. A
personal tone is being set up and the listener
is bathed in warmth and sincerity.
"Land of Dreams", the title song which gives its name
to the album, continues in this vein,
with a more aggressive rhythm, more
rock, more presence. A basic theme is now
taken up and developed with input from
several different instruments played
consistently more and more complex.
The lyrics should not be neglected as
PJS is most able to express ideas and feelings.
"Who would Jesus Bomb?" stretches the
melodic sounds around lightly, joyful, a bit martial
and pompous, to become almost "classic".
A mixture of the present and the past, we now traverse "Two Sides",
due to changing rhythms and instruments. Coherence
won the support of the audience. We walk now without
discomfort and without procrastination.
The impression that the composer expresses clearly
define positions and beliefs with the desire always present
to share experiences.
"Alone" begins with delicacy before the guitar takes
possession of the piece. This is an intense performance with
expressive purpose, present but not selfish.
"Shadowhawk Attacks" seem more modern,
a musical line that runs. As the shortest of the album this introduces
the bonus tracks, "Apocalypse", which is split in two parts.
Really prog with its convolutions, heavily based on
the guitar, its breaks, its changes, moods and tones.
The song hardens and sticks to the notes.
The inclusion of spoken passages wake up and
stimulate attention. It provides a space, timeless,
suspended between two moments of pleasure.
Fans of the genre will not be
disappointed nor frightened. This multi-instrumentalist
brings multiple talents to a reflective album,
well composed and perfectly executed. 14/20
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Dinosaur Records USA CD "Land of Dreams" available at www.dinosaurrecordsusa.com and CDBaby! Just in time for the Holidays!