Charm Offensive Jochen Rueckert
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Drummer Jochen Rueckert is one of a group of exceptional German jazz musicians who migrated to New York City in the 90's and found a home in this jazz musicians' mecca. His participation in such leading groups as the Marc Copland Trio, Nils Wogram's Root 70, the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, and the Mark Turner Band has catapulted Rueckert into the front row of the Big Apple's premiere musicians. On Charm Offensive, Rueckert's second Pirouet CD, some of the most inventive and successful players on the NY scene join up as Jochen, tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, guitarist Mike Moreno, and bassist Orlando le Fleming conduct a captivating musical foray into transformed musical territory.
For all his success as a sideman, Jochen Rueckert has also won acclaim for his own groups and compositions. Jazz Times wrote of his debut Pirouet CD Somewhere Meeting Nobody, “Rueckert’s first as a leader for Pirouet after many sideman appearances for the label ranks as one of 2011’s best releases yet”, and Jazz Thing lauded, “pure poetry drips from every note…” NPR tagged tenor saxophonist Mark Turner as “…probably the most influential tenor man of his generation.”
There’s an autobiographical feel to Jochen Reuckert’s music, a mixture of playfulness and profundity, a dry humor coupled with a depth that emanates from musicians playing off the same intellectual and emotional guidelines; Charm Offensive—an alluring musical assault that stirs up the listeners’ sensibilities.
Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
Mike Moreno, guitar
Orlando le Fleming, bass
Jochen Rueckert, drums
was born in 1975 in the town of Düren, near Cologne, Germany. He began playing drums at the age of six. From 1993 until 1995, he studied at the Conservatory for Music in Cologne, and after his graduation moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1998, while still living in Brooklyn, he recorded his debut album, Introduction. The band members included Hayden Chisholm, Ben Monder, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Potter, and Johannes Weidenmüller. In 2000 Rueckert received the award for musical achievement from North-Rhine-Westphalia. He has played on some 80 albums, and toured Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australia. Rueckert has worked and works with such bands and musicians as the Marc Copland Trio, Nils Wogram's Root 70,the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group, the Mark Turner Band, the Sam Yahel Trio, the John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet and the Will Vinson Quartet, Chris Cheek, Drew Gress, Jason Seizer, John Abercrombie, Kevin Hays, Madeleine Peyroux, Mark Turner, Thomas Rueckert and Tim Hagans. Besides his work as a jazz musician, Rueckert has played with such rock bands as Bonny Lundy, and Seems So Bright. He also is involved with electronic music, working with Marcus Schmickler, Jochen Bohnes, and Burnt Friedman. He programs, mixes, and produces electronic music under the pseudonym Wolff Parkinson White. His book "Read the Rueckert - travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms" is available on ibooks.