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Jochen Rueckert : Somewhere Meeting Nobody

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From the aggressively swinging opener, “The Itch,” you can sense the intense simpatico and conviction among the four New Yorkers who populate Somewhere Meeting Nobody. With drummer-composer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Matt Penman holding it down, the inspired pairing of tenor saxophonist Mark Turner and guitarist Brad Shepik steps to the fore, each player taking turns wailing with impunity through the many changes. Clearly inspired by Kurt Rosenwinkel’s ’90s quartet (which featured Turner on sax), Rueckert’s first as a leader for Pirouet after many sideman appearances for the label ranks as one of 2011’s best releases yet.

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