Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone // Matt Penman: bass // Lage Lund: guitar // Jochen Rueckert: drums

ABOUT THE ARTIST

German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his working quartet with guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Orlando LeFleming and tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh. The New York City-based band 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 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. Jochen is celebrating his 4th album, titled "Charm Offensive" (Pirouet records, 2016). The band has been touring for over seven years, 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 twelve years in 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, 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".