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Thursday, October 09, 2014

CD Review: Jochen Rueckert - We Make the rules

Mark Turner (ten); Lage Lund (gtr); Matt Penman (bs); Jochen Rueckert (dms).
(Review by Lance).
Multifaceted German drummer Rueckert not only "makes the rules" but is also known for his work in electronic music using the alias of Wolff Parkinson White. He also has a long running book series - Read the Rueckert about travel observations and pictures of hotel rooms. Well, we did say multifaceted!
Fortunately, the Wolff is kept from the [hotel] door on this album and it has to be said that the musical rules as demonstrated here have already been etched in stone - possibly in 10BC (before Coltrane) or maybe 5AD (after Dolphy) - and the world is none the worse for that.
The end result is a product that isn't going to change the jazz world (thank God!) but perhaps point out to those that would try to change for the sake of change just how immense the challenge is!
This is music that's contemporary - in the best sense of the word. The guys play with a technique that isn't misused, a technique that stays true to tradition (to quote friend Ron - rhythm, melody & harmony) yet still reaches out to the unknown. 
Rueckert composed all 9 tracks - inspired, he says, by his life's experiences. I can but say that those experiences must have encompassed many nights of beauty and excitement and perhaps a little tragedy during which time he also became one helluva drummer.
Fellow traveller on this journey, Mark Turner, projects the drummer's experiences as if they were his own and, having toured together for several years,  the saxist, guitarist and bassist, provide willing cannon fodder for the drummers music - built as it was around each player.
Another good release from Whirlwind (WR4658 available Monday October 13).
Launch today (Thursday October 9 at Pizza Express, Soho.).
Lance.

1 comment :

Hugh said...

Wolf Parkinson White - interesting choice of name!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolff-Parkinson-White_syndrome

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