“Battle Of The Big Horns”: Payne / Cuber / Brignola / Johnson

I was hesitating to put these clips up on youtube, since they have a severe tracking problem that could not be resolved. Then again who can resist the massive sound of three or even four baritone saxophonist played in line? I can’t.  And the tracking problem, although it never altogether disappears, gets better after a while.

Apparently the people behind the Berlin Jazz Festival could not come up with a more imaginative title when they invited Cecil Payne, Nick Brignola and Ronnie Cuber in 1985 to do a “Battle Of The Big Horns”.  Of course this is not about a “Battle”, but about the opportunity to listen to three very fine exponents of the baritone saxophone at great length. So here are: Nick Brignola, Cecil Payne, Ronnie Cuber (bar); Junior Mance (p); Rufus Reid (b); Walter Bolden (dr) Ray Barretto (congas) in Berlin on November 1, 1985:

The second part sees Howard Johnson added to the baritone front line:

Enjoy!

P.S.: Now I know where a part of this clip comes from.

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