Rutz's horn is warm and embracing in each setting, glistening on the more Spartan themes, making the various colors and textures presented here woven like a Raphael tapestry.” - George W Harris

— Jazz Weekly

Storybook

Markus Rutz

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WE WRITE OUR STORIES.

Storybook is a personal postcard I am sending to create a soundscape of happiness, pleasure and peace in the lives of listeners.

Universality and oneness are at its core; the belief and understanding that anyone and everyone living right now is living here together directly and indirectly. For my part as a musician, I create

WE WRITE OUR STORIES.

Storybook is a personal postcard I am sending to create a soundscape of happiness, pleasure and peace in the lives of listeners.

Universality and oneness are at its core; the belief and understanding that anyone and everyone living right now is living here together directly and indirectly. For my part as a musician, I create with the intention of speaking to others with my trumpet. Music is lingua franca, an Esperanto expressed with instruments for us to listen to, speak, emote, understand and relate within a universal language.

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Physical Albums & Downloads

BLUEPRINTS Figure One: Frameworks

Markus Rutz

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The first volume of "Blueprints" honors the personal relationships and mentors that helped form a foundation for music and living. It features five original compositions along with jazz standards.

Jeff Cebulski of Chicago Jazz Magazine wrote: "It was Rutz’s delivery on the ballad “Very Marie” that made me think of Hargrove. Rutz, here, waxes

The first volume of "Blueprints" honors the personal relationships and mentors that helped form a foundation for music and living. It features five original compositions along with jazz standards.

Jeff Cebulski of Chicago Jazz Magazine wrote: "It was Rutz’s delivery on the ballad “Very Marie” that made me think of Hargrove. Rutz, here, waxes lyrical in a way I hadn’t heard since Roy visited Chicago his last time. And the upper-registered, but serene, expression on one of the album’s two covers, a spritely “September in the Rain,” also struck me as Hargrove-like."

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BLUEPRINTS Figure Two: New Designs

Markus Rutz

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The second volume of "Blueprints" looks to the future with personal and musical discoveries. Featuring six original compositions along with jazz standards by McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers and Frank Foster.

Jeff Cebulski of Chicago Jazz Magazine writes: "These days, sometimes people need something that entices them—no, forces them—to breathe deep and

The second volume of "Blueprints" looks to the future with personal and musical discoveries. Featuring six original compositions along with jazz standards by McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers and Frank Foster.

Jeff Cebulski of Chicago Jazz Magazine writes: "These days, sometimes people need something that entices them—no, forces them—to breathe deep and relax. Music is often one way to achieve that. In listening to trumpeter Markus Rutz’s second Blueprints album, Figure Two: New Designs, I realized Rutz and his band have provided a pleasing soundtrack to my need to defuse and wind down from the anxiety of the times, but without giving up my jazz imagination."

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Second Impression

Markus Rutz

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Second Impression

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The recording features originally composed music that I wrote largely during the winter vortex of 2013-2014 when many of us across the country were indoors.

..a tuneful, rhythmically sly twist on mainstream jazz... Rutz has a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing that makes him seems relaxed even when unleashing a volley of 16th notes...

The recording features originally composed music that I wrote largely during the winter vortex of 2013-2014 when many of us across the country were indoors.

..a tuneful, rhythmically sly twist on mainstream jazz... Rutz has a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing that makes him seems relaxed even when unleashing a volley of 16th notes...

  • J.D. Considine - DownBeat magazine

The album title Second Impression suggests a few ideas. It is my second recording. Also obvious is the allusion to the concept of a so-called "first impression" and the emphasis placed on this in common thought and speech. My belief is that a first impression of a person is no more than a book cover which can not be judged with any true measure of that person, their character or any of the infinite capabilities we all possess. It is rather when actually spending any time with someone that the Second Impression is formed and you "get to know" someone. Without the effort, willingness and patience to go through this process what you have is merely a series of "Blink" moments as described to us by Malcolm Gladwell in his somewhat recent and important work.

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One Night in September - Live from Merrimans' Playhouse

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One Night in September - Live from Merrimans' Playhouse

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With this fifth recording as a leader, Markus Rutz invites listeners to a seat for a live performance from “A Home for Jazz” in the Midwest, Merrimans’ Playhouse in South Bend, Indiana.

Many performances are stellar nights of good feeling and shared experience that exist only in that time and space where others do not have the opportunity to hear

With this fifth recording as a leader, Markus Rutz invites listeners to a seat for a live performance from “A Home for Jazz” in the Midwest, Merrimans’ Playhouse in South Bend, Indiana.

Many performances are stellar nights of good feeling and shared experience that exist only in that time and space where others do not have the opportunity to hear the magic. Well You Needn’t fret because the fire and Serenity of the evening was documented on these tracks recorded One Saturday in September at this “Sonic Art Gallery”.

The audience listening to the two sets from the band that night heard a program with tunes penned by Rutz along with standards from the idiom and original arrangements of themes from "Rhapsody in Blue" by George Gershwin. The themes are an extension of Gershwin’s thematic music which have been commissioned by The Rose Theatre with Markus as composer-in-residence.

recorded live September 18, 2021, in South Bend, Indiana

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Moods & Spirits of the Season

Markus Rutz

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Moods & Spirits of the Season

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The season of year brings to mind sights, aromas and sounds. This season it is uniquely true with faith, traditions, families, cities and nostalgia associated. For me it also brings feelings. Moods & Spirits of the Season is named to reflect this and offer the sounds to listeners to share from my own perspective along with accompaniment from

The season of year brings to mind sights, aromas and sounds. This season it is uniquely true with faith, traditions, families, cities and nostalgia associated. For me it also brings feelings. Moods & Spirits of the Season is named to reflect this and offer the sounds to listeners to share from my own perspective along with accompaniment from the two other musicians.

Markus Rutz - trumpet & arrangments Adrian Joel Ruiz - piano Clark Sommers - bass

recorded August 06, 2023 studio engineer by Brian Fox at Electrical Audio in Chicago, Illinois audio engineering by David Stoller at The Samurai Hotel in Astoria Queens New York

cover photo by John Nicholls album design by Markus Rutz & Marie Chan

equipment: Schilke B5 B flat trumpet with B6 S1 Monette mouthpiece

streaming also available: https://markusrutzmusic.ffm.to/moodsandspiritsyxzy2mr.OWE

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Dorham's Epitaph

Markus Rutz & Adrian Ruiz

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This tune was a distinct pleasure to record with Adrian Ruiz on piano.

It is a ballad called "Dorham's Epitaph" written by trumpeter and composer Kenny Dorham. Originally recorded by the musician with a quintet he plays the melody in one octave then a higher octave and as a through-composed tune on his record "Whistle Stop". We has

NEW SINGLE!

This tune was a distinct pleasure to record with Adrian Ruiz on piano.

It is a ballad called "Dorham's Epitaph" written by trumpeter and composer Kenny Dorham. Originally recorded by the musician with a quintet he plays the melody in one octave then a higher octave and as a through-composed tune on his record "Whistle Stop". We has chosen to play short solos within the gorgeous chord progression.

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