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 – 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

Steve Slagle – Reincarnation (SCCD 31367)

SCCD 31367 Reincarnation / Steve Slagle Quartet Steve Slagle (b. 1951 in Los Angeles) has been one of the leading figures in the jazz scene in New York since 1976. He has played lead alto in Machito’s Afro-Cuban orchestra, Steve Kuhn Quartet, Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Carla Bley Band to name a few earning a reputation as one of the most versatile saxophone players. He now leads his own group and also co-leads a band with guitarist Dave Stryker. “ The name of Steve Slagle on a CD cover signifies that the listener will be rewarded by passionate, involved, swinging music in which they alto saxophonist’s intensity and complete integrity will … Continue reading

Ron McClure – Inner Account (SCCD 31329)

SCCD 31329 Inner Account / Ron McClure Quintet “ It is with his vast experience acquired in the past 20 years in the different lines of evolution of jazz… that McClure synthesises in this album his 7 original compositions which are rich in harmonic ideas and rhythmically well-balanced …” (F.C., Compact) 1. Inner account (Ron McClure)2. Sunnyside up (Ron McClure)3. Ain't it cute (Ron McClure)4. Subway (Vic Juris)5. Final decision (Ron McClure)6. Look who's talkin (Ron McClure)7. Nordix (Ron McClure)8. For Emily (Vic Juris)9. The phantom (Ron McClure) UPC/EAN: 716043132928 … Continue reading