Jazz-center-of-the-universe-based, exiled German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his working quartet with guitarist Mike Moreno, bassist Matt Penman and legendary saxophonist Dayna Stephes.
The band from New York City plays Jochen's compositions containing surprisingly more optimistically swinging sections rich with chords than one would expect from a teutonic drummer, sprinkled with the occasional 3/8 bar forgood measure.
Jochen's deliberate avoidance of formal music education, albeit initially for budgetary reasons, provides a great lack of erudite nonsense in his writing.
Jochen is celebrating his 4th album, titled "Charm Offensive" (Pirouet records, 2016).
The band has been touring since 2011, reaching greater depths of musical interaction as it continues to do so,proudly devoid of the mounting gimmickry and desperate festival-pandering observed in many of its peers.
Jochen is mostly known for his work in 12 years of the Marc Copland trio, the mid-2000 Kurt Rosenwinkel NewQuartet, all of Nils Wogram's Root 70, recent work with the Melissa Aldana trio, his 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".