JOCHEN RUECKERT QUARTET
"Charm Offensive" in Milan January 2017
"Saul Goodman" - track 3 from "we make the rules" from a gig at Smalls in NYC in 2014
I've been teaching increasingly: private lessons at home and on the road, masterclasses, workshops and occasional lessons for the New School in NYC. I almost always come across some common problems. For those unable to come to see me in person, I have teamed up with a pro cameraman, video editor, recording engineer, and a decent espresso machine to create these videos covering some of the topics most discussed during teaching. I have over 25 years of experience playing all over the world, with jazz artists like Kurt Rosenwinkel, the Melissa Aldana trio, the Marc Copland trio, Sam Yahel, Nils Wogram's Root 70 as well as leading and composing for my own Quartet with Lage Lund and Mark Turner.
Each episode is around 20 minutes and focuses on one topic so you don't have to buy videos on topics you don't need or want advice on. For now, there are four episodes and I am working on more. Please sign the email list and let me know what other topics you want to hear about
Includes English and Chinese subtitles
each episode is $11.99
This first episode focuses on improving your general time, swing time feel, feathering the bass drum and has some tips on playing fast.
Just over 20 minutes
This second episode contains pretty much everything i have to say about playing brushes.
21 and a half minutes
This third episode is a collection of things I hear people do all wrong, over and over
Just over 19 minutes
This fourth episode focuses on the way I like to practice improvising and soloing
Just shy of 20 minutes
All videos come as high quality mp4 permanent download. No streaming nonsense . Each episode is around 150 MB. Included in the zip file are .srt files for English and Chinese subtitles. It is a .zip file so you have to unwrap it ! I also recommend downloading these on a computer, not a phone. An Iphone or Ipad will not download these files directly.
I hope to add Japanese subtitles soon. Please use VlC player to play these videos- it's a h265 codec so please make sure you have your VLC updated to the latest version. as long as the .srt is in the same folder as the video, the subtitles will be available under "subtitles" in VLC. If you have trouble playing back subtitles, please check preferences- subtitles/ODB- default encoding is set to Univeral, Chinese ( for Chinese)
Under- preferences- subtitles/ODB- font , chose a "song" font like Adobe song Std font for Chinese
在Zip 文件里有 .srt 文件， 是字幕文件（英语，日语或中文）。 可以使用VLC视频播放软件来看视频， 只要确保 .srt 文件和视频在同一个文件夹里。 这些字幕会在VLC的字幕区域里。 如果你无法播放字幕， 你可以调整
播放器的设置。 以VLC为例， 你可以打开 Preferences - subtitiles/ ODB 确保默认的编码设置为通用， 中文。 在Preferences - subtitiles/ ODB -font ， 选择一种中文字体，如 Adobe Song Std for Chinese.
if there are any persisting problems with the videos subtitles or checkout, please email me at email@example.com-
If you'd like to be informed when new videos are for sale and get exclusive previews via email, please submit your email address. You can also suggest a topic that's not covered yet - I won't send you a picture of my (or Louis CK 's) dick.
You can download charts of Jochen's original music from the last three albums for 10 bucks. Most charts are handwritten lead sheets, not very well written but somewhat legible, a few are music notation software generated, a few have separate guitar parts and all are C charts and either .jpg or .pdf
" An exceptionally fine album" Jazzbreakfast
"The group played masterfully, performing Rueckert’s compositions with authority and refinement."- Do the Gig
"there’s often a kindred and appealing combination of quirkiness and catchiness.... Excellent" Ottawa Citizen
"Melodies that have a habit of insinuating themselves deep in your head" Downbeat
"a rarely heard warmth from the drums, that perfectly fits this timeless modern music"- Rondo
"It’s perhaps most engaging as a postbop soloists’ album, and the improv is very good indeed." The Guardian U.K.
"Playful yet profound..... you'll want to hear this invigorating sound over and over again" Classicalite
"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
An absolute delight, and without a dull moment, We Make The Rules gets my highest recommendation" Stuart Kremsky
"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
unfassbar, dass das hier erst das zweite Album ist. jazz thing
"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
Jochen Rueckert Quartet technical rider ( English and German .pdf)
Jochen Rueckert Quartet high resolution press pictures and Bio (English, German, .zip)
This will take you to a google drive page. On the top right corner will be a downward arrow which will start the download of the .zip file containing 4 pictures and one pdf.
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 music video Jochen made for a song off "forlorn"
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. You can buy the .epub file here and then read them on any computer or mobile device
Volume 1 and 3 feature a beautiful foreword from Hayden Chisholm, comparing Jochen equally to none other than Thomas Mann and Elvin Jones.
Peter 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."
Read the Rueckert Volume 4
download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file
Read the Rueckert Volume 3
download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file
Read the Rueckert Volume 2
download - 5 bucks- It's an .epub file
(this one is not very well formatted)
Read the Rueckert Volume 1
download - 5 bucks - It's an .epub file
(this one is badly formatted and not really spell-checked.)
With the reign of social media, a fair amount of people contact me with questions- here are the most frequently asked ones:
Where are you from/ Where did you grow up?
I grew up on the outskirts of Cologne, Germany.
When did you move to New York?
I moved around 1995, when i was about 19, after realising Germany wasn't for me, musically.
Did you go to music school?
After quitting high school in 1992, i went to the music conservatory in Cologne for about 2 years, I didn't learn all that much there. I didn't go to school in the US, I had a few private lessons in NYC.
How was it moving to New York that young?
It was a little rough, I didn't have much work and had visa trouble. It took me quite a while to get a real gig, about two years. I was lucky enough to have enough work in Europe to keep me going. Eventually I got settled with an O-1 visa, then a green card and now citizenship.
How long has your Quartet been playing ?
I started the band in 2009 and we've been playing consistently since then, with Brad Shepik at first,now with Lage Lund and sometimes Mike Moreno. We released an album called "somewhere, meeting nobody" in 2011 on Pirouet records in Germany. It was my first album with original songs.
How do you write your songs?
Usually, on the piano, after some wine. My piano skills are close to zero, so it takes a lot of time and imagination; I try to avoid using computers.Often, I write after studying/transcribing.
Who books your band and how much do you play and rehearse?
I do all the booking myself ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and it sucks.We play roughly 2 two-week tours in Europe a year, do the odd Goethe Institute tour in weird places as well as a few gigs in New York at Smalls and the like. Initially we rehearsed twice for the first album, now we do it during sound check for new songs since everybody is familiar with the older songs.
You program a lot of fairly crazy electronic music under the alias "Wolff Parkinson White"- how did you start and does your jazz music and your programming influence each other?
I always have been fascinated by "Venetian Snares", who programs a lot in confusing odd meters, some amazing stuff, but maybe not the most interesting melodically/harmonically. I felt like I can bring those aspects to the table, so i started programming in 2005. The jazz part does influence the electronic part a fair bit, but not really the other way around.
Do you have plans to move back to Europe ?
What's with the Ben Street slamming song titles on Wolff Parkinson White albums?
Nothing, it's a joke, he loves the attention, the racist fatso.
What kind of Equipment do you use?
Drum-wise I still use my late 60's Ludwig kit I bought in 1995, bebob sizes, I now play a somewhat deep 6.5" 1930's WFL snare drum. Haven't really looked at other drums since i got these. Cymbal wise, I use some old K Zildjian, some Craig Lauritsen and Spizzichino cymbals, all 24" and 22", I recently started using a very thin 24"old A Zildjian somebody lathed and hammered. I use 15"old K Zildjian and 16" old A Zildjian hihats. I have a 26" 30th anniversary Agop i play occasionally. I have a very light Frank Gegerle MK III 24". For sticks, i play mostly Vater maple bebop 550 or "super jazz models", I use Otis' "Bomber" fluffy bass drum beater and coated Remo Ambassador heads.
Programming-wise I am in Ableton live plus anything I can get my my hands on. I generate a lot of the sounds used in plugin-synths, most of the songs use 24 notes in an octave and a comprehensive list of metric analysis can be found in the album description on the albums' bandcamp sites.