• Jochen Rueckert Special Quintet


    - Joris Roelofs, bass clarinet

    - Mark Turner, tenor saxophone

    - Nils Wogram, trombone

    - Doug Weiss bass

    - Jochen Rueckert, drums, compositions

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    Jazz-center-of-the-universe-based, German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his new spcial quintet with long time allies Nils Wogram and legendary saxophonist Mark Turner.
    The band’s repertoire contains surprisingly more optimistically swinging original compositions rich with chords than one would expect from a teutonic drummer, sprinkled with the occasional 3/8 bar for good measure.

    Jochen's deliberate avoidance of formal music education, albeit initially for budgetary reasons, provides a great lack of erudite nonsense in his writing and delivers modern jazz that a lot of people actually enjoy.

    He's celebrating his 6th album as a leader ("With best Intentions”) and over a decade of touring the globe as a band leader. Jochen's bands' performances are proudly devoid of the gimmickry, social media conformity, and festival-pandering often and sadly increasingly observed in many of Jochen’s peers’ bands.
    Besides his success with 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", Jochen is also known for his work as a sideman 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’s trio


    for booking please contact Jochen directly jochensucks [ at ] gmail.com




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    May 2023 New Quintet Album

    digital and physical on Bandcamp





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  • Press quotes

    A few press quotes ( more here )

    "A master musician who sees all of the angles in play and uses them to his advantage, Jochen Rueckert always delivers with best intentions and even better results" - All About Jazz 

    "Great album, great musicians, highest score. Full stop. Verhoofen's jazz

    "An album as dense as it is invigorating, which shows that good intentions are sometimes well rewarded" Jazzmania

    "The leader’s nine originals are convoluted little anthems, compact buthummable, that launch Turner, Wogram and Roelofs high into the air" The New York CIty Jazz Record
    "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
    "An exceptionally fine album" Jazzbreakfast
    "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
    "radiates an understated warmth and sophistication which is so very appealing." AP reviews
    "Just outstanding. Highly Recommended." wondering sound