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Bad Dog U

by Bad Dog U

Melodic instrumental progressive rock/jazz fusion, owing as much to Genesis, Yes and King Crimson as to The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, Jeff Beck and Dixie Dregs, but retaining a unique sound. Music for your mind and your heart.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It (Wasn't Easy)
5:28 $0.99
2. Prodigal
7:39 $0.99
3. Olderwisersadder
7:25 $0.99
4. A Cure For Schizophrenia
7:00 $0.99
5. Recess
8:29 $0.99
6. Romance
8:16 $0.99
7. Skyscrapers
4:02 $0.99
8. Fancy Mixed Nuts
9:06 $0.99
9. The Wandering Truth
5:10 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


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BAD DOG U is an electric instrumental quartet that plays a unique hybrid of progressive rock and jazz fusion with an uncharacteristically high regard for melodic content. Although the music covers a wide range of thought and emotion, the overall message conveyed is one of optimism. Seamlessly shifting from tightly arranged ensemble work to interactive improvisation, each composition tells a story laced with dramatic plot twists, conflict and resolution, and a touch of irony. BAD DOG U has been a cult favorite of the Chicago area for over fifteen years, and this is their long awaited debut recording.

Guitarist Ernie Denov, BAD DOG U's founding father has been active in the Chicago music scene for over two decades. He has recorded or performed live with Richard Marx, Liquid Soul, Airto Moreira, Dave Valentin, Paul Wertico, Howard Levy, Victor Bailey, Darryl Jones, Sheila Jordan, Ira Sullivan, Von Freeman, Terry Callier, Kimo Williams, Gary Sinese's Lt. Dan Band and dozens of other bands and artists that you will never hear about.

"Ernie Denov brings real jazz chops to his more visable rock work; on the other hand, he uses the pulsar energy of rock to light up his jazz gigs (including his frequent appearances with the popular pan-latin band, Chevere). Denov plays with a tough, beveled tone and can bend a note with the best of them; at times he brings to mind those classic albums of instrumental rock recorded by Jeff Beck in the mid 70s (no small praise)."
Neil Tesser; jazz critic for Playboy Magazine

Ernie Denov: Guitars
Dave Farley: Bass Guitar
Rick Snyder: Keyboards
Rick Vitek: Drums

Although we appreciate that CD Baby is gracious enough to make mp3s for all of their artists, the samples are always the first two minutes of each track. Since most of our tracks are reasonably long and we like the compositions to simmer slowly, the first two minutes of each song is not the ideal way to accurately represent what our music is about. For a better idea, please check out the mp3 samples on our website.
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Nic Stubbs

I'm keeping this short and sweet. Any Fusion Fanatic will appreciate the work put into this disc. This is one of those "It gets better every time you play it CDs"

Well done Gentlemen, We want More !!!


great music, makes me think of mostly early Genesis or Gentle Giant at times but no vocals and more of an eagde, definitely Allan Holdsworth-ish, but I've only listened to it twice.....Ernie is one of my favorite Chicago guitarists and there is just not enough of his expression on record!

Jeff Reeves

spunky jazz fusion with proggy leanings
I was much surprised at how good this one-shot item from Bad Dog U turned out to be. Nine tracks and not a dud among them. Although written over a period of almost twenty years, the material is surprisingly consistent. While you can say that Bad Dog U is somewhat derivative of similar bands like Japan's Kenso, the overall impression one gets is of a looser, more improvisational Genesis with a noticeable jazz-rock patina. Well worth checking out if you are into this ear-friendly fusion style.


great jazz-rock played with a progressive attitude
Bad Dog U
After almost 20 years of waiting they finally made it: the release of a CD. In the past the gentlemen from Bad Dog U from the United States fabricated a demo three times, with the vain hope to interest record-companies in their instrumental music. In the end guitarist Ernie Denov and keyboard-player Rick Snyder decided to record four new tracks with bassist Dave Farley and drummer Rick Vitek and to present them together with two songs which were recorded in 2000 and 2001 and one track from each demo. Immediately it becomes clear that the record-labels had it all completely wrong. Bad Dog U produces the kind of jazz-rock which is being played with a progressive attitude and into which sometimes dashes of Latin or blues are being added. The listener is being moved by the triumphant sounding theme’s, full of majestic guitar-melodies and fine, fiercely played, solid guitar-chords, which sweeps you along in compositions in which there’s happening something constantly. There are familiarities with Dixie Dregs, especially because of the typical, stately T. Lavitz-like keyboard-parts, while the sparkling attitude of bands like The Fents, Scott Henderson (a big inspiration for Denov) and Bruford is also sensible. You can hardly notice that the tracks came about between 1987 (the wonderful guitar-ballad Romance, which is played somewhat in the style of Neil Schon) and 2003, although the more recent work, like A Cure For Schizophrenia (with a beautiful, bombastic closing) and the intense, partly improvised-like Fancy Mixed Nuts, is more complex. The funny thing is that, although the music itself is timeless, it is partly being dominated by dated synthesizer-sounds, which do remind in a certain, not disturbing way of Tony Banks from Genesis at the time of Abacab. A convincing CD and retroactively a recognition of the top-class musicians; hopefully the new line-up with long-time member Denov won’t have to wait for a record that long.
Info: www.baddogu.com


Denov's history.
This being 2007, Ernie Denov's career in Chicago's music scene goes back much farther than the "two decades" mentioned above. I first saw him in early 1973. He was probably not yet 21. He floored me. He'd already been somewhat of a North-Side legend for a few years. Let's call it four decades.

Chris Lamka

Wow..is this some lost, 70's, guitar-fusion classic?
This recording is the best kind of instrumental, guitar driven, progressive fusion. It's not a clone, but it will remind you of the best of the 70's classics like Ponty and Mahavishnu. However, it still sounds fresh and relevant to the present.
This stuff just soars, and it takes me with it. Outstanding effort!

Andy Evenson

Pleasing to the ears; Right up my alley genre wise
I wanted to give it a 4 1/2 but I couldn't quite give it a five. I love the guitar sound and it flows quite well with the rest of the instrumentation. As jazz goes it,is the type of sound that I am looking for. Nothing Mambi Pambi about it. I am very satisfied that I made this purchase. Thanx, Andy

Rick Rock

Ernie is God and God is Ernie therefore God exists.
Well it definetly classifies as "dude" rock but if you like music with the huge sound of the classic 80's Yamaha DX7 and melodic shredding leads you will dig it.

Rick Rock