Ronnie Cuber “Straight Street” (SCCD 31860)

SCCD 31860 Ronnie Cuber “Straight Street” One of the few exponents of that most unrelenting instrument, baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber has spent for more than a half century performing, composing, arranging and leading his own groups. His robust, no-nonsense playing has been acknowledged to be one of the greats among jazz instrumentalists. “…Best of all, there’s Cuber himself, whose playing has, incredibly, grown more authoritative with each passing year. His sound, huge and affable, brims with personality, and it’s hard not to be awed by the freshness…” (J. D. Considine – JazzTimes on Ronnie’s Trio SCCD 31848) RONNIE CUBER baritone sax GEORGE COLLIGAN piano CAMERON BROWN bass JOE FARNSWORTH drums … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Live At JazzFest Berlin (SCCD 31766)

SCCD 31766 Ronnie Cuber “Live In Berlin” The legendary baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber is, as Bill Milkowski of JazzTimes observes, “ still very much on top of his game at age 70 ”. One summer night of the famed Berlin Jazzfest of 2008 finds Ronnie and his group in a relaxed and joyous mood backed by the responsive and enthusiastic audience. “ An astonishingly lyrical player on that most unforgiving of instruments… It is the intelligence and subtlety of his playing that shines through …” (Sunday Express UK on Ronnie SCCD 31680) “… while Cuber’s ability to blow over the changes remains unquestioned, it’s his restrained approach and melodic penchant…… … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Boplicity (SCCD 31734)

For this latest and the fifth album on SteepleChase Ronnie Cuber brought his working band to the studio to appraise the classic BeBop repertoire, “ proving in the process the viability of material that has weathered more than 60 years and still sounds super hip and contemporary ” (Mark Gardner). On Cuber’s previous release “RONNIE (SCCD 31680) Ken Drydon of AllAboutJazz wrote, “ This is his fourth CD for Steeplechase and one of his best sessions .” and London’s Sunday Express commented, “ it is the intelligence and subtlety of his playing that shines through …An astonishingly lyrical player on that most unforgiving of instruments… ” “Ronnie Cuber is a … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Ronnie (SCCD 31680)

A long-awaited “jazz” album by the great baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber “… This new set is a prime of example of Cuber dealing with compositions he knows and appreciates. Material that stands up well to re-examination. He’s in good company and great form .” (Mark Gardner – from the linernotes) 1. Thermo (Freddie Hubbard)2. Gloria's Step (Scott Lafaro)3. Four (Eddie Vinson)4. The Duke (Dave Brubeck)5. Daahoud (Clifford Brown)6. I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Richard Rodgers)7. Ah-Leu-Cha (Charlie Parker)8. Love Theme From Summer Of 42 (Michel Legrand)9. All The Things You Are (Jerome Kern)10. Watch What Happens (Michel Legrand) UPC/EAN: 716043168026 … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – N. Y. C.ats (SCCD 31394)

SCCD 31394 N. Y. C.ats / Ronnie Cuber Quintet “… Today <Ronnie Cuber> is among the few leading exponents of bop baritone and for many he remains the most exciting and listenable of the lot with his huge sound, adroit agility and harmonic awareness…His music is jaunty, robust and passionate…We do not look to Ronnie Cuber for genteel, gentle or polite back ground music. To him we turn for gut-wrenching, virile sounds that express a relish for living and a defiant optimism which take the ears by storm …” (Mark Gardner) 1. Mirage (Ronnie Cuber)2. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me (Duke Ellington)3. Mimosa (George Benson)4. Humacao (Ronnie Cuber)5. … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – In A New York Minute (SCCD 31372)

SCCD 31372 In A New York Minute / Ronnie Cuber Quartet Baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber started to play professionally in the early ‘60s. He performed and recorded with Slide Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman to mention a few. Cuber made his first appearance on SteepleChase in the Lee Konitz Nonet recording (SCCD 31018). In 1992 he recorded his first leader album for SteepleChase (Air Play, SCCD 31309) which received critical and public acclaim. Here on his second album, Cuber plays some great bop titles and the result is “..another most impressive, highly musical and thoroughly absorbing album..” (Mark Gardner, from the linernotes) 1. Dig (Miles Davis)2. … Continue reading

Ronnie Cuber – Airplay (SCCD 31309)

SCCD 31309 Airplay / Ronnie Cuber Quartet “ This is Ronnie Cuber’s first CD for SteepleChase …in the capable hands of the SteepleChase organization, Cuber is back making the kind of satisfying music he produced in an earlier era…All but one of the tunes are Cuber originals, and all are joyously funky” (Krin Gabbard, Cadence) 1. Bread and jam (Ronnie Cuber)2. New Orleans 1951 (Ronnie Cuber)3. Pit inn (Chip Jackson)4. One for Hank (Ronnie Cuber)5. Jazz cumbia (Ronnie Cuber)6. Passion fruit (Ronnie Cuber)7. Trane's waltz (Ronnie Cuber)8. Airplay (Ronnie Cuber) UPC/EAN: 716043130924 … Continue reading

Lee Konitz – Yes, Yes Nonet (SCCD 31119)

SCCD 31119 Yes, Yes, Nonet / Lee Konitz Nonet “… the pleasure its players derive is highly infectious. Long may it continue …” (Melody Maker) “… A splendid session ….” (Billboard) 1. Dearth of a nation (Jimmy Knepper)2. Languid (Jimmy Knepper)3. Footprints (Wayne Shorter)4. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael)5. Primrose path (Jimmy Knepper)6. Noche triste (Jimmy Knepper)7. My buddy (Kahn/Donaldson) UPC/EAN: 716043111923 … Continue reading