Ronnie Cuber on Maynard (Pt. 2) - JazzWax

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September 02, 2011


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keith hedger

After hearing Cuber for many years on records (including all of the Maynard records mentioned) and being a big fan of his playing, I finally saw him live last year at Sculler's in Boston. What an absolute monster!!! He just played his ass off for 2 hours straight and clearly enjoyed doing it as much as I enjoyed hearing it. This guy's the real deal.....old school. If you get a chance to hear him live, run don't walk....

Andy Katell

I am a big fan of Ronnie's and thorougly enjoyed reading this. I had considered myself well informed about his background but I learned a lot from this. Thank you for doing it.

Pat Gannon

Hey Marc, loved the Ronnie Cuber interview! I like his recording with the Metropole Orchestra (Koch Jazz 1998) and the a three bari tribute to Gerry Mulligan with Nick Brignola and Gary Smulyan (also Koch Jazz 1997). The Scene Is Clean is a gem throughout. He was the first jazz bari sax player to catch my ear as a kid and his chops are amazing. I also recall how exciting a player Bruce Johnstone was when Maynard had his Brit band. Thanks, Pat


I only wished that Ronnie had more to say about the somewhat mysterious Marshall Brown. In Ronald Hilbert's bio of Pee Wee Russell, Brown is portrayed as almost a musical charlatan. Yet the two albums that he did with Pee Wee are delightful, as are his collaborations with Lee Konitz on parts of two albums. Brown also held down his end of a George Wein Newport All Stars date, and took credit for discovering a talented 13 year old bassist named Eddie Gomez, one of several notable musicians to come through the Newport Youth band.

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