Bob Dogan With Buddy Rich London 1971


Very Alive at Ronnie Scott’s

BGO Records BGOCD 785

1. Moments Notice
2. Watson’s Walk
3. St Mark’s Square
4. Little Train
5. Milestones
6. The Words
7. Dancing Men
8. Just Buddy Rich

2.Love Story
3. In A Mellotone
4. Two Bass Hit
5. Buddy Rich Introduces
6. That’s Enough
7. Time Being
8. Buddy Rich Again

Buddy Rich – Drums
Pat LaBarbera, Don Englert – Tenor sax, soprano sax, flute
Brian A. Grivna – Alto sax, flute
Jimmy Mosher – Alto sax, soprano sax, flute
Joe Calo – Baritone sax, soprano sax, flute
Lin Biviano, Jeff Stout, Wayne Naus, John Deflon – Trumpets
Bruce Paulson, Tony DiMaggio – Trombones
John Leys – Bass trombone
paul Kondziela – Bass

I was lucky enough to be around when Buddy Rich formed his new big band in 1966 and brought it to Britain – at a time when big bands were not exactly a surefire way of making a profit. But Buddy was unique: a remarkable drummer who had played in such big bands as those led by Tommy Dorsey and Harry James, as well as performing in numerous small groups: notably on recordings organised by Norman Granz. He managed to keep his new big band together until 1974, and this double album was recorded at Ronnie Scott’s London club in 1971.

This album captures the sheer excitement of Buddy’s band in full flight before an enthusiastic audience. The sound quality (recording engineer: Bob Auger) is remarkably good for a recording in a comparatively cramped club, and it conveys the way that Rich’s drumming propelled the band forward with unstoppable power. The opening Moments Notice illustrates this to the full, with tightly-phrased ensembles plus dynamic solos from altoist Jimmy Mosher, trumpeter Jeff Stout, and tenorist Pat LaBarbera (who, along with trumpeter Liv Biviano and trombonist Bruce Paulson, is the most predominantly featured soloist here). The band was certainly an exciting unit but it is Buddy’s drums that catch the attention, for the major contribution they make to the music. He was in some ways an old-fashioned drummer, playing four-in-a-bar on the bass drum, but his accents are spot-on and his drum breaks are masterpieces of precision and sheer rightness.

The presence of John Coltrane’s Moments Notice illustrates another strength of the band: its readiness to take on contemporary themes like this and Miles Davis’s Milestones, as well as such show tunes as Superstar -= in which Buddy Rich exhibits his ability to play a thrusting jazz-rock rhythm. The band also features original compositions by Pat LaBarbera and Bill Holman, not forgetting older jazz classics like Duke Ellington’s In a Mellotone and the Dizzy Gillespie Two Bass Hit.

The only weak spot is the introduction of Buddy’s daughter, Kathy, doing her best at singing That’s Enough, although one doubts if she would have got a hearing if she hadn’t been related to the bandleader. But one can forgive such peccadilloes (Kathy’s track only lasts for two minutes, anyway) because her father was one of the greatest drummers in jazz. He is featured more in short breaks than in long drum solos but his dexterity and time-keeping are continuously impressive. Just sample his bass-drum work in Dancing Men. And when he finally does a long drum solo (in Time Being), his control of the drum kit is phenomenal. He also breaks in from time to time with his laconic introductions and ironic remarks. But it’s the music for which jazz fans should buy this double CD – especially as it is very reasonably priced.

Tony Augarde

Buddy Rich In London featuring Chicago Jazz Legend Bob Dogan

Editorial Reviews
Very Alive at Ronnie Scott’s is the European version of the 1972 U.S. single-LP called Buddy Rich in London . In England and in the rest of Europe it was released as a double album and that is reflected in this beautifully remastered double-CD by BGO. The 1972 lineup of Rich’s band featured arrangements by no less than Oliver Nelson and Herbie Phillips. The main soloist (beside the drummer himself) is saxophonist/flutist Pat La Barbera, with big contributions from trombonist Bruce Paulson, pianist Bob Dogan, and trumpeter Lin Biviano. Other bandmembers include saxophonists Joe Calo and Jimmy Mosher, master conguero Candido, and guitarist David Spinozza. “That’s Enough” is a lone vocal number for Kathy Rich and Michelle and Carlene Hendricks, and it’s a barn burner. Other highlights include “Dancing Men,” “Two Bass Hit,” “Little Train,” “Milestones,” and “In a Mellow Tone.” This baby is a smoker from start to finish. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi All Music Guide

Dogwood Center

FREMONT – Pianist and composer Bob Dogan, considered by many to be a Chicago jazz treasure, and his band will play a local concert sure to delight West Michigan jazz lovers.

The Bob Dogan Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Black Box at Dogwood Center for the Performing Arts.

Dogan is one of the most revered and enigmatic players on the Chicago music scene, having been right at the roots of modern jazz.

Dogan has played and recorded with Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Glenn Miller, Louis Bellison, Gordon Brisker and many more. He has taught at Berkeley Jazz College in Boston. He is a regular jazz festival performer including the Chicago Jazz Festival.

The Bob Dogan Trio consists of Dogan on piano, Dan Delorenzo on bass and Joe Adamik on drums. The group’s latest CD is “My Blue Roots,” released this past fall.

My Blues Roots

Bob Dogan – My Blues Roots

Bob Dogan – Piano
Dan DeLorenzo – Bass
Joe Adamik – Drums

Since the first moment I heard Bob Dogan on Salishan, well over a decade ago, I can honestly say I’ve been a fan––heard his arrangements, dug his records, and when I was in the unenviable position of following his quintet with Ryan Schultz at Andy’s in 2007, I made sure to get there early every week so that I could listen to him. Rings was an outstanding disc. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: My Blues Roots is not just a return to form; it’s a stunningly cool disc that holds up to lots (and lots and lots) of listens. While it’s not truly a disc of blues tunes, in the sense of a collection of twelve-bar songs, or a disc of old blues nuggets from Bob’s early days, it is an earthy disc that drips with soul. Evenly split between Dogan’s originals and some downright inspired picks of others’ material, this is a disc that flows well and has a ton of character. I don’t know if Les McCann, Ray Bryant, Bobby Timmons or any other “soul” pianists of the fifties and sixties were big influences on Dogan’s overall approach to the piano, but on this album in particular, it certainly seems that way.

Things start nicely enough with a pair of Dogan originals, “Scroggs” and “Adobe.” Both are loping, mid tempo songs. While “Scroggs” is just exactly the blues that you’d expect to hear on an album called My Blues Roots, “Adobe,” with it’s fifty-two-bar form, slick changes and mellow feel, is just about anything but a standard issue blues. What follows is the one-two punch that accounts for the best thirteen minutes on the disc, when this trio tackles “Airegin.” These three guys can play well, and play very well together, and they leave no prisoners, with a terrific Dogan solo and a ripping turn by drummer Joe Adamik. The tempo might simmer a little on “Brother Can You Spare A Dime,” but the level of intensity and brilliance is just as high. Dogan takes his time setting up the vamp, playing the tune and running through an excellent solo. The results are magnificent.

Another highlight of this fantastic disc is Donald Byrd’s “Omicron.” If there’s one thread that seems to run through most of Dogan’s best performances, it’s that the songs are the mid- to up-tempo tunes, where he leaves plenty of space to let really cool ideas breathe a little bit before starting in on the next one. The result here is an excellent solo by Dogan, followed with another from Adamik.

If you’re already a Bob Dogan fan, this disc will confirm everything you’ve ever thought about his playing. If you’ve never heard him before, this disc will make you a fan pretty quickly. My Blues Roots is always interesting and frequently exciting.
—Paul Abella

Paul Abella is the music director at 90.9 FM WDCB Public Radio. He may be contacted at

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