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Ronnie Cuber

Ronnie Cuber is a baritone sax player strong enough to bring out the lyricism of the weighty instrument. While he plays traditional jazz in the style of Pepper Adams and Nick Brignola, Cuber also has led Latin sessions and appeared on dozens of pop recordings as an in-demand sideman. Cuber was born on Christmas, 1941, in New York. When he was 18, he appeared in Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band at the Newport Jazz Festival. Three years later he was in Slide Hampton's groups and spent the 1960s working with Maynard Ferguson, George Benson, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman and Lonnie Smith.During the next decade, Cuber performed on a slew of recordings and embraced distant ends of the woodwind family by playing flute and baritone sax on Eddie Palmieri's 1973 record, Sun Of Latin Music

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Frank Basile / Sam Dillon Quintet: 2 Part Solution

Read "2 Part Solution" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If recent albums serve as an accurate guidepost, hard bop is making a broad and most welcome comeback. In the wake of high-octane albums by Adam Shulman, Gary Dudzienski, Cory Weeds (who doubles as producer-in-chief at Cellar Records), Marshal Herridge, the TNEK Jazz Quintet, Jerry Bergonzi, Keith Oxman, John Sneider and others comes 2 Part Solution, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Trumpets? Yes (And More)

Read "Trumpets? Yes (And More)" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Lots of trumpeters this week (mostly 21st century music): Marcus Printup, Ron Horton, Roy Hargrove, Farnell Newton, along with Buck Clayton (and Buddy Tate) plus Emmett Berry (and Don Byas). Big band (a bit off center) from Marty Ehrlich and Django Bates and the Charlie Parker centennial (Koko, including the 'famous' breakdown) and our chronological Sonny ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gareth Bane - Pat Belliveau - Keith O'Rourke: Baritone Madness

Read "Baritone Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like America's earlier Three Baritone Saxophone Band (Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, the late Nick Brignola), Canada's Baritone Madness teams three baritone saxophonists (Keith O'Rourke, Pat Belliveau, Gareth Bane) with bass and drums (no piano) for an engaging program which is centered mainly in the lower register but earns high marks for resourcefulness and enthusiasm.

ARTICLE: RADIO

New Music from Lauren Lee, Eric Wyatt, Manuel Dunkel and More

Read "New Music from Lauren Lee, Eric Wyatt, Manuel Dunkel and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week we feature loads of new releases, including music from Lauren Lee, Eric Wyatt, Manuel Dunkel and Mark Fox. Playlist Eric Wyatt “Bud Powell" from The Golden Rule, For Sonny (Whaling City Sound ) 00:00 fo mo deep “Move On Up" from Szygy (RH Media) 09:10 Lauren Lee “Windowsill" from Windowsill (ears&eyes ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence

Read "Dave Weckl: The Cymbal of Excellence" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Attention to details and impeccable standards coupled with a desirous curiosity and a wealth of talent have served Dave Weckl well. The savvy and astute musician has meticulously traversed the jazz and fusion world over the past few decades. Weckl is on a very short list when the topic of drumming icons is broached. Perhaps best ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More

Read "New releases by Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi and More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

New releases from Behn Gillece, Giovanni Guidi, and, Mats Eilertsen, plus a mop-up of some of last year's releases that I have not featured as yet. Playlist Behn Gillece “Break the Ice" from Parallel Universe (Posi-Tone) 00:00 Giovanni Guidi “Avec Les Temps" from Avec Les Temps (ECM) 06:24 Mats Eilertsen Trio “Perpetum" from And ...

Live At Montmartre

Label: Storyville Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Tee’s Bag; Bluesette; Cherokee; Just Friends; Au Privave; Silver’s Serenade; Jazz Girls; Four.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ronnie Cuber: Live At Montmartre

Read "Live At Montmartre" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Of all the musical instruments invented by Adolphe Sax in the mid-19th century, the baritone saxophone remains the least played. Harry Carney persuaded Duke Ellington to use the heavy, cumbersome instrument and it became a distinctive part of the band's sound. Others who have played the baritone saxophone include Cecil Payne, Pepper Adams, Serge Chaloff and--for ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jared Sims: Change Of Address

Read "Change Of Address" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Jared Sims isn't a purist, that's for sure. On Change Of Address, an album that marks his return to life in West Virginia after two decades spent in New England, he wields his baritone saxophone on a set of slick tunes that speaks to jazz's soul and funk extensions. Sims places his weighty horn squarely in ...


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