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Jochen Rueckert: Fringe Guy

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In this wide ranging podcast interview, drummer Jochen Rueckert meditates on his early years in Germany, his time playing with Marc Copeland and later with Will Vinson, why playing with great bass players is like eating great pasta (especially true with Matt Penman), refusing to share hotel rooms, why he is a reluctant teacher, what Lage Lund's daughter thinks of his electronic music project, the rare innate heart condition he suffers from, how to groove with organ players, booking tours, why one should never play with pop musicians, what it was like to play one gig with Pat Metheny, what he's thinking about when he performs, drummer Bill Stewart's time feel and volume level, Artificial Intelligence, the years he spent at Nublu in the Lower East Side of Manhattan playing with Wax Poetic, Norah Jones, Jesse Murphy and Ilhan Ersahin, and much, much more.

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