Ronnie Cuber

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Ronnie Cuber (2017)

Ronnie Cuber (born December 25, 1941 in Brooklyn , New York City ) is an American jazz musician (baritone, tenor and soprano saxophone , flute and clarinet). He appeared primarily as a baritone saxophonist in a jazz context, but also played in Latin jazz , pop, rock and blues sessions.

Live and act

Cuber began his musical career in Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band in 1959, where he switched from tenor to baritone saxophone. In 1962 he worked with Slide Hampton , then in the big band of Maynard Ferguson (1963-1965), also briefly with Woody Herman . Then Cuber played with George Benson (1966/67). From 1977 to 1979 he was a member of Lee Konitz's nonet . In the mid-1970s he also played in Frank Zappa's group, such as on his live album Zappa in New York and in various Latin bands, such as Eddie Palmieri , with whom he can be heard as a flutist and soprano saxophonist. In 1978 he played in the last lineup of the Charles Mingus Band ( Me Myself an Eye ); after Mingus' death he was a member of the Mingus Big Band in the early 1990s and worked on their albums Nostalgia in Times Square, Que Viva Mingus! and Tonight at Noon with.

Since the 1980s Cuber recorded a number of albums under his own name, initially on the small label Electric Bird with fusion musicians such as Dave Weckl , Jimmy Figueroa , and George Benson ( Passion Flower ). This was followed in the 1990s by albums mainly on the SteepleChase label, with Michael Formanek , Geoff Keezer , Joey DeFrancesco , Manolo Badrena , Ryan Kisor , Kenny Drew Jr. and Tony Reedus , on which he processed Brazilian and funk elements. In 1997 he formed the Three Baritone Saxophone Band with the baritone players Nick Brignola and Gary Smulyan .

As an accompanying musician, Cuber also worked for numerous musicians such as BB King , Paul Simon and Eric Clapton , the J. Geils Band , in the jazz and fusion area with Dave Grusin , Earl Klugh , Lonnie Liston Smith , Hank Crawford , Mac Gollehon , Jimmy McGriff , Toninho Horta , Dom Um Romão and Horace Silver ( The Hardbop Grandpop , 1996). He worked u. a. starred on the soundtrack of the National Lampoon film Animal House ; for with the album The Latin Side Of Wayne Shorter he was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award .

Ronnie Cuber with Cornell Dupree (right, at the Porretta Soul Festival 2005)

Discographic notes

  • The George Benson Cookbook (1968 CBS)
  • Cuber Libre! (1976; Xanadu Records )
  • The Eleventh Day of Aquarius (1978; Xanadu Records)
  • New York Jazz (1981)
  • Two Brothers (1985; AMG)
  • Pin Point (1985; PID)
  • Passion Fruit (1985; PGD)
  • Live at the Blue Note (1986; ProJazz)
  • Cubism (1992; Fresh Sounds )
  • The Scene Is Clean (1993; Milestone Records )
  • Airplay (1994; SteepleChase)
  • In a New York Minute (1996; SteepleChase)
  • NYCats (1997; SteepleChase)
  • Love for Sale (with the Metropole Orchestra ) (1998, Koch)
  • Ronnie (2009; SteepleChase)
  • Boplicity (2012; SteepleChase)
  • Live at JazzFest Berlin (2013; SteepleChase) (recording from 2008)
  • Ronnie's Trio (2018, SteepleChase, with Adam Nussbaum , Jay Anderson )
  • Live at Montmartre (2018, Storyville) (recording from 2017, Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen)
  • Straight Street (2019, SteepleChase) (recording from 2010, Live)
  • Four (2019, SteepleChase)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Brief portrait (Gabriele Kleinschmidt)
  2. ^ Grammy entry