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Introduction by Jochen Rueckert

Let me be the first to give you an "Introduction" to this young 22 year old drummer / leader / composer who must have been reincarnated from a great jazz musician from the '50s. Jochen Rueckert has such a feel and touch for what the original composers meant to express through the standards; it is as though he lived, composed and played with the likes of Coltrane, Rollins and Brubeck.

Nonetheless, Jochen also adds quite a little funky twist to these great tunes to turn them into reinvigorated favorites with a little more spice. Born in 1975, Rueckert started playing the drums at age 7 and by age 12 (still too short to reach both the bass drum and the hihat) he was astonishing audiences at the Cologne club scene. Rueckert has spent the last 7 years living, eating and breathing jazz in order to further develop his natural talents of rhythm and timing while polishing to perfection his technical skills. Rueckert is a much sought after sideman but has also proven himself as a great leader on his debut album, "Introduction".

On this album we get a feeling of such free-flowing and brilliant creativity designed into classic standards. On my favorite track, "Willow Weep for Me", a Ronell original, Rueckert and the band lay down a groovy feeling from start to finish and make you want to ask for more. Changing up the timing just slightly from the original, the band creates an aura of neoteric music not soon to leave your head. Jochen Rueckert in my opinion will stand up with the greats on judgment day to accept his recognition as one of the all-time great jazz musicians. But don't wait to see this day, go get this album today!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jochen Rueckert
  • CD Title: Introduction
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Jazzline Records
  • Rating: Five Stars
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