Ronnie Cuber The Scene Is Clean
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item number: ZDP 9218
- Released: April 15, 1994
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Milestone Records
Q - 5/95, p.1003 Stars - Good - "...He displays chops aplenty--on alto, tenor and flute as well as baritone--and the jazz mix is leavened by a hefty Latin component, courtesy of percussionists Don Alias and Milton Cardona..."
- 1. The Scene Is Clean
- 2. Adoracion
- 3. Song For Pharoah
- 4. Arroz Con Pollo
- 5. Mezambo
- 6. Fajardo
- 7. Tee's Bag
- 8. Flamingo
Personnel includes: Ronnie Cuber (baritone, tenor & alto saxophones, flute); Lawrence Feldman (flute); Joey DeFrancesco (organ); Geoff Keezer (keyboards); George Wadenius (guitar); Tom Barney, Reggie Washington (bass); Victor Jones (drums); Manolo Badrena, Milton Cardona (percussion, drums).
Recorded at Warehouse Recording Studio, New York in December, 1993. Includes liner notes by James Browne.
All songs written by Ronnie Cuber except "The Scene Is Clean" (Tadd Dameron), "Adoracion" (Eddie Palmieri/Quintana) and "Flamingo" (Anderson/Grouya).
Composer: Ronnie Cuber.
Personnel: Ronnie Cuber (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); George Waldenius, Georg "Jojje" Wadenius (guitar); Lawrence Feldman (flute); Joey DeFrancesco (organ); Geoff Kiezer, Geoff Keezer (keyboards); Milton Cardona (drums, congas, percussion); Manolo Badrena (drums, percussion); Victor Jones (drums).
Liner Note Author: James Browne.
Recording information: Warehouse Recording Studio, N.Y.C., NY (12/1993).
Photographer: Jeff Kliman.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Georg "Jojje" Wadenius; Milton Cardona.
Arranger: Ronnie Cuber.
When The Scene Is Clean was recorded in 1993, Ronnie Cuber was far from a big name in the jazz world. The baritone saxman had solid credentials that included stints with George Benson in the 1960s and Lee Konitz in the '70s (among many other accomplishments), and yet, he wasn't nearly as well known as he deserved to be. Like other Cuber recordings, The Scene Is Clean wasn't hyped to death but is an excellent hard bop/post-bop date just the same. It's regrettable that Ronnie Cuber isn't a bigger name in jazz, for the baritonist plays with a lot of soul and charisma on Tadd Dameron's "The Scene Is Clean" and the standard "Flamingo" as well as Latin-influenced originals such as "Fajardo," "Mezambo," and "Arroz con Pollo." On the congenial, optimistic "Song for Pharoah," Cuber acknowledges the mellower side of Pharoah Sanders, although the song would have also worked for John Coltrane, Charles Lloyd, McCoy Tyner, or Lonnie Liston Smith. The Scene Is Clean was a welcome addition to Cuber's catalog. ~ Alex Henderson
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