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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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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by John Chacona


Why is Fred Hersch not sufficiently mentioned among the great jazz pianists? It could be a generational thing. At 66, Hersch is an eminent tweener, too old to qualify as the Hot New Thing and too young to be an Elder Statesman. He's in good company there with fellow sexagenarians Myra Melford, Satoko Fujii, Uri Caine, ...

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Article: Album Review

Fred Hersch: Breath By Breath

Read "Breath By Breath" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The intellectual and musical curiosity that inspires the work of pianist Fred Hersch is broad and deep. Validation of this is in his current release Breath By Breath which is informed by his early piano education and listening to string quartets, supported more recently by his advocacy of meditation as a way manage external factors beyond ...

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Breath By Breath

Label: Palmetto Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Begin Again; Awakened Heart; Breath By Breath; Monkey Mind; Rising Falling; Mara; Know That You Are; Worldly Winds; Pastorale.

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Article: Jazz Uncorked

Chenin Blanc from the Loire

Read "Chenin Blanc from the Loire" reviewed by Matt Penman


The wild Loire river runs from the Atlantic ocean deep into France's center, and there is beautiful, diverse, and historically under-appreciated wine throughout its entire length. But the middle section, from Angers to the city of Tours, is where Chenin Blanc rules. A varietal with a real talent for expressing the land, it sucks up available ...

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Human Dust Suite

Label: Outside in Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Pre-School; March; First Day of Spring; Human Dust Suite I Brain; Human Dust Suite II Hatsu; Human Dust Suite III Tummy; Human Dust Suite IV Feet Go Bad First; Human Dust Suite V Party's Over; O 2017; After the Night; Berkshire Blues.

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Article: Album Review

Miki Yamanaka: Human Dust Suite

Read "Human Dust Suite" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Becoming increasingly known for her light, expressive touch, her solidly crafted, mainstream approach, and residencies at New York clubs like Smalls and Mezzrow, Kobe-born, New York-based pianist Miki Yamanaka brings a decisively more leavened gravity and a growing harmonic interest and prowess on vibes to Human Dust Suite, a seasoned follow-up to her widely recognized debut ...

Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jochen Rueckert: Fringe Guy

Read "Jochen Rueckert: Fringe Guy" reviewed by Leo Sidran


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 ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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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