...a tuneful, rhythmically sly twist on mainstream jazz...Rutz has a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing that makes him seem relaxed even when unleashing a volley of 16th notes...
Spurred by the feelings of thankfulness and appreciation for mentors and the people who surround him, Chicago trumpeter and composer Markus Rutz compiled a two-volume collection of original music and arrangements filled with intrigue, beauty and excitement. With tributes to his mother, "The Compass," bassist Richard Davis, "The Musicianer," or pianist Ellis Marsalis, "Syndrome," Rutz navigates diverse ensemble and stylistic directions with an array of superb musical partners, including saxophonist Brice Winston, NY bassist Marcos Varela & drummer Xavier Breaker, guitarist Matt Gold and pianist Adrian Ruiz, among others. The title, Blueprints - Figure 1: Frameworks, provides the metaphor while the music reveals the heart of an artist venerating his influences.
Markus speaks about Blueprints with syndicated UK radio host Steve Hart - https://coolnights.co.uk/markus-rutz-jazz-trumpet-player/
1. The Compass 7:43
2. The Musicianer 6:37
3. Gusto, as in Mucho 5:12
4. Very Marie 7:14
5. Limbo 6:38
6. September in the Rain 5:14
7. Syndrome 8:01
8. Shipmates 4:57
9. Segment 6:01
All compositions by Markus Rutz (Chimusicco/ASCAP), except:
(5) by Wayne Shorter, (6) by Harry Warren
(7) by Ellis Marsalis, (9) by Charlie Parker
"Syndrome" arranged by Brice Winston
Markus Rutz - trumpet
Brice Winston - saxophones
Adrian Ruiz - piano
Matt Gold - guitar
Marcos Varela - bass
Xavier Breaker - drums (1,5,7)
Marcus Evans - drums (6,9)
Heitor Garcia - congas
Produced by Markus Rutz with Marcos Varela
Recorded by Vijay Tellis-Nayak & Tyler Rice
at Transient Sound, Ravenswood, Chicago, IL
July 10, 30-31 & December 10-11, 2018
Mixed by David Stoller at The Samurai Hotel, Queens, NY
Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
Photography by John Nicholls
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
A Chicago trumpet set from a hard blowing cat with an old soul that shows his appreciation for what has come before in the way of jazz and mentorship. He's a mainstream cat that knows how to bob and weave as well, chalk this up as a great listening set that elevates everything around it. An when he blows up a great run of notes…don't get me star ...
WTJU (Dave Rogers)
Trumpet player Markus Rutz offers five original compositions and covers Wayne Shorter's "Limbo", Harry Warren's "September In The Rain", Ellis Marsalis' "Syndrome" and Charlie Parker's "Segment". He is supported by Brice Winston (sax), Adrian Ruiz (piano), Matt Gold (guitar), and Marcus Varela (bass), with Xavier Breaker and Marcus Evans trading sh ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Trumpeter Markus Rutz creates moods that both bop and reflect on this album that mixes and matches drummers Xavier Breaker or Marcus Evans, saxist Brice Winston, pianist Adrian Ruiz, guitarist Matt Gold, conga man Heitor Garcia and bassist Marcos Varela. Most intriguing is when the leader eschews drums altogether, deftly bopping with Varela and ...
Dusty Groove (Editor)
Heartfelt yet exciting work from Chicago trumpeter Markus Rutz – heavy on originals, but with some distinctive takes on classics by Wayne Shorter, Charlie Parker and another couple of covers – showing love and appreciation for his influences in music and life in general with a wonderful volume of jazz, covering a lot of stylistic terrain while ...
Chicago Jazz Magazine (Jeff Cebulski)
After Roy Hargrove passed away, I have been wondering which trumpet artists would become my "go-tos" for the swinging and sensitive playing I became used to when Roy held sway. There are many candidates, but one has unexpectantly emerged, the Chicago-based Markus Rutz. I say "unexpectantly" because until I heard his recent recording Blueprints – ...
Markus Rutz plays trumpet with bluesy, soulful style and a tone that has been called exquisite. Capturing the same spirit as his dynamic live performances, 2019 marked the release of his third album, Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks. The first of two volumes in partnership with OA2 Records, the majority of this album is comprised of his own co ...