Welcome to drummer Jochen Rueckert's site frothing with information on his activities as a drummer and band leader, his work in electronic music under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White" as well as his long running book series "Read the Rueckert- travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms"
Jochen Rueckert Quartet
Jochen's Quartet has been playing since 2009, touring extensively, and is releasing its follow-up album to "somewhere, meeting nobody" ( Pirouet records, 2011) entitled "We Make The Rules" on Whirlwind recordings on October 14th, 2014
Some shots from the band
"It’s perhaps most engaging as a postbop soloists’ album, and the improv is very good indeed." The Guardian U.K.
"radiates an understated warmth and sophistication which is so very appealing." AP reviews
"Just outstanding. Highly Recommended." wonderingsound
"....a fluid, open-minded, post-bop record that is pretty much state of the art as far as contemporary improvised music is concerned." Irish Times
"A drummer and bandleader remains a relative rarity. Jochen Rueckert , however, adds an extra dimension." some dutch blog
"This is music that's contemporary - in the best sense of the word. The guys play with a technique that isn't misused, a technique that stays true to tradition ... yet still reaches out to the unknown." bebop spoken here
"Das Ganze swingt angenehm unaufdringlich - er will bei aller Virtuosität und allem Facettenreichtum niemandem etwas beweisen" freie Presse Chemnitz
Here's a long ass interview with french magazine DJAM
Download press, bio, high res pics and rider
Wolff Parkinson White
Wolff Parkinson White is Jochen's programming alias. The music is mostly programmed on the road on a laptop, contains none of his own drumming and concentrates heavily on confusing rhythms and the quarter-tone scale.
So far, WPW has released 3 full albums, 2 EPs as well as remixes for Kudu, Ilhan Ersahin, Nils Wogram, and the Leboeuf brothers
a new 6 song EP for detund , October 2014
Wolff Parkinson White's latest self-release "Gonaïve", a 6 song EP with a slightly more Dub feel. The novelty of Jochen using samples of his own drumming on each song sets this one apart from the other releases. Features a song named "Uncalled for minor 9th" March 2014
Wolff Parkinson White's latest album "forlorn" from 2012
featuring everybody's favourite songs " Ben Street loves drinking Yellowtail" and "tranny surprise"
Wolff Parkinson White's previous album "rest from what" from 2010
featuring everybody's favourite song (including Ben Street) "Ben Street plays strings made from outer labia reduction surgery waste" and "anal Jesus"
a remix for the leboeuf brothers 2013
Read the Rueckert
This series of ebooks has hundreds of self-timer pictures of Jochen in his hotel room du jour and dozens of little anecdotes about the inanities of traveling as a jazz musician.
Volume 1 and 3 feature a beautiful foreword from Hayden Chisholm, comparing Jochen equally to none other than Thomas Mann and Elvin Jones.
Paul Hum writes in his top 10 jazz for bookworms list of 2013:
"Rueckert’s is a must-read, if rambling, reality check. His marvelously aware, painstaking accounts of shabby treatment at the hands of airline staff, promoters, baristas and the like, told in a second-person stream-of-consciousness, evoke sympathy and schadenfreude in equal amounts."