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Jochen Rueckert


Jochen Rueckert is a Jazz drummer, composer, band leader, and Oxford Comma-enthusiast born in Germany in 1975, currently residing in New York City.

Besides a decade of touring with his own quartet with Mark Turner, Lage Lund, and Matt Penman, Jochen is known for his work in 12 years of the Marc Copland trio, the mid-2000 Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, all of Nils Wogram's Root 70, recent work with the Melissa Aldana trio and Fred Hersch, his electronic music programmed under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White", as well as his series of ebooks aptly titled "Read the Rueckert- travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms".


Trio: Ri-Metos

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Season Of The Thicket; Etoile; Cobalt; Post Road; Weekly Benefits; Swirl; If I Should Lose You; Live By Love; The Wandering Song; The Gardener.


With Best Intentions

Label: Colonel Beats
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Dress; Rainbow Road; Catholic Mahogany; Unmitigated; Muetze Glatze; With Best Intentions; Pherothstorium; Double Sensotron; Mark of the Beast.


Article: Album Review

Henry Hey: Trio: Ri-Metos

Read "Trio: Ri-Metos" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Henry Hey's name may be unfamiliar to some--he is more of a collaborator than a headline hog--but a good percentage of us have heard his music. He played piano for Rod Stewart during the singer's Great American Songbook phase, and he contributed to David Bowie's 2013 comeback album, The Next Day (Columbia Records), served as musical ...


Song of the Day

The Dress

Label: Colonel Beats
Released: 2023
Duration: 04:34


Article: Album Review

Jochen Rueckert: With Best Intentions

Read "With Best Intentions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

This stellar sixth album from Jochen Rueckert extends on some musical friendships while offering a fresh format and new palette. Having previously delivered his notable Introduction (Lipstick-Jazzline, 1998) some 25 years ago, greased the grooves on an appealing organ trio session with guests, and drawn notice with guitar-driven gusto on several quartet dates, this German-born, New ...


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, ...


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 ...


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.


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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