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Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie’s Trio (SteepleChase)

It’s easy to play standards, but damned difficult to play them well. The problem is one of familiarity: How does one take a tune that’s been played literally a million times and find something fresh in it? Some younger musicians deal with this problem by avoiding the familiar tropes of straight-ahead playing (Tom Rainey’s Obbligato … Read More “Ronnie Cuber: Ronnie’s Trio (SteepleChase)”

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Ronnie Cuber: Live at Jazzfest Berlin

Baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber’s third release for SteepleChase predates his association with the label, and might be thought of as a happy accident. At the titular fest, in 2008, Cuber’s quartet-with pianist Kenny Drew Jr., electric bassist Ruben Rodriguez and drummer Ben Perowsky-played a two-set show that the four remembered as a highlight of their … Read More “Ronnie Cuber: Live at Jazzfest Berlin”

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Ronnie Cuber: Boplicity

Those who remember Ronnie Cuber’s blistering lines in the George Benson Quartet of the ’60s will be glad to know that the baritone sax ace is still very much on top of his game at age 70. Boplicity, a testament to his lifelong commitment to bebop, finds him assuming the mantle of such former baritone … Read More “Ronnie Cuber: Boplicity”

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