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Ronnie Cuber

If you research back to the George Benson Cookbooks “66” “67” on Columbia, Which have already been released on CD, You’ll find a young, early twenties baritone saxophone master. As you listen to this keep in mind that Benson and Cuber had this as a working band. His sound is something amazingly beautiful and vivid.

That Benson band,from the day, was a working unit and a marvelous display of an an emerging Ronnie Cuber. As Cuber developed past his early years into a quintessential sideman for people as diverse as, Eddie Palmieri or Aretha Franklin and King Curtis. Nothing had been released under his name until the mid-seventies when he released the recording, Cuber Libre on Xanadu Records with Barry Harris,Sam Jones and Al “Tutti” Heath. At the same time in the early seventies, around 1973 and before, he had been adding one of a kind talents to personal projects with friends such as Mike Manieri’s ground breaking White Elephant Band and Bobby Paunetto’s Latin Jazz Projects. Cuber, at a point in the seventies was also in the Saturday Night Live band, Backing artists like Frank Zappa ,and playing solos with people like Zappa that to this day are light years ahead of what most people can play. For my ears – Cuber is one of the most soulful musicians ever.Bar none !!

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