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Jochen Rueckert

Jochen Rueckert was born in 1975 near Koeln, Germany and started playing drums at age six. In 1995 he moved to Brooklyn, NY, where he lives now. He has been playing and recording with a variety of bands including Marc Copland trio, Nils Wogram quartet, Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, Marc Turner Band, Chris Cheek, John Abercrombie, Sam Yahel, Pat Metheny, etc. Jochen has been touring all over North and South America, eastern and western Europe, Asia and Australia. He is also known for his non-jazz work with NYC punk rock band Bonnie Lundy, NYC rock band Seems So Bright and electronic work with Marcus Schmickler, Jochen Bohnes, Hayden Chisholms, The inflictors, Burndt Friedman and Nublu bands, most mentionable Wax Poetic and I Led 3 Lives

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Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In any discussion concerning the best of the modern piano trios in jazz, Marc Copland's name has to come up. Pianist Copland--who, oddly, began his jazz career as a saxophonist--shuffles trio mates often, having employed bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian, and drummer Jochen Rueckert, and drummer Bill Stewart and bassist Drew Gress, in a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Copland: And I Love Her

Read "And I Love Her" reviewed by John Kelman

There was a time when Marc Copland was releasing multiple albums every year, sometimes as many as three or four, like in 2009, when the veteran pianist (who began his musical life as a saxophonist) released his second solo piano album, Alone (Pirouet); an intimate duo date with veteran bassist Gary Peacock, Insight (Sketch); and the ...

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Jochen Rückert Quartet at Hong Kong Arts Centre

Read "Jochen Rückert Quartet at Hong Kong Arts Centre" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Jochen Rückert Quartet with Lage Lund, Mark Turner and Matt Penman Hong Kong Arts Centre Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong June 17, 2019 Jochen Rückert's career has clearly shifted up a gear. “I recently joined the class of professional artists that always travels with a permanent marker," the ...

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We Jazz Festival 2017

Read "We Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Anthony Shaw

We Jazz Festival Helsinki, Finland December 2-9, 2017 Being a party animal at latitudes above 60 degrees takes some doing in the winter months, in Anchorage as in Archangel. Helsinki is south of both cities, just, but is host to one of Scandinavia's hottest and yet coldest modern jazz festivals in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Seamus Blake / Chris Cheek: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

Read "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Friends and musical collaborators for more than two decades, New York tenor saxophonists Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek have been leaders, sidemen and big band soloist throughout their distinguished careers and seem to cherish their roles as co-leaders on joint projects such as their critically-acclaimed Reeds Ramble (Criss Cross Jazz, 2014). Let's Call the Whole Thing ...

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Melissa Aldana: Back Home

Read "Back Home" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Saxophonist Melissa Aldana leaves an indelible impression of her musicality in Back Home, her fourth release as a leader. She was the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition in 2013. One listen to her tenor's flowing birdsong and the symbiotic connection with longtime trio mates bassist Pablo ...

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Marc Copland: Zenith and Haunted Heart

Read "Marc Copland: Zenith and Haunted Heart" reviewed by John Ephland

Zenith InnerVoice Jazz 2016 There's some shared, ongoing history here. Between drummer Joey Baron and bassist Drew Gress, pianist Marc Copland has logged some pretty decent music time. Add trumpeter Ralph Alessi and there's a new element, one not found in the rhythm section's work with guitarist John Abercrombie or in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jon Davis: Changes Over Time

Read "Changes Over Time" reviewed by Blaine Fallis

Jon Davis plays with a richness of soul, exhibiting a well versed jazz character that can go from Jaco (whom he worked with for several years), New Orleans swamp, and freedom jazz dance, to Stevie Wonder, and back. Although he doesn't try to sound like Bill Evans, he did pen a tune called Waltz for U, ...

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Jon Davis: Changes Over Time

Read "Changes Over Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

While there are no liner notes to accompany pianist Jon Davis' third date for the Posi-Tone imprint, there's a quote inside the package, attributed to author Anne Rice, that gets to the heart of the matter: “None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are." So is personal evolution and ...


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