Ronnie Cuber, “Moanin'”

Here’s one the first solo transcriptions I did when I got back into music after college. I started corresponding with Chuck helping him with some arranging chops, before he left Seattle to go study with Mike Abene at MSM. We both fed each other lots of music for a few years. His solo transcription chops are top-notice, while I focused on ensembles.

This transcription has been floating out there forever, it’s about time to take credit for it.


I’m not quite happy with the accuracy of this as it stands, in the intervening 18 years or so, my ear has gotten a lot better. But it’s mostly there.


Suffice to say, I cannot play this. Chuck could. Altissimo eludes me on bari where it doesn’t on alto.