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    This 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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The Compass 07:39
Very Marie 07:06
Limbo 06:33
Syndrome 07:46
Shipmates 04:50
Segment 06:01


released September 20, 2019

Markus Rutz - trumpet and composition
Brice Winston - saxophones
Adrian Ruiz - piano
Marcos Varela - bass
Xavier Breaker - drums (tracks 1, 5, 7)
Marcus Evans - drums (tracks 6, 9)
Matt Gold - guitar
Heitor Garcia - percussion

The music was recorded at Transient Sound in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. Mixing was done at The Samurai Hotel in Astoria Queens, New York by David Stoller with mastering by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering in Brooklyn, New York.

photograph by John Nicholls.
Blueprint cover image: Gunnar Adolfson 1936 patent application
Cover design and layout by John Bishop


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Rutz Music Works Chicago, Illinois

A musician with a melodious, compositional pen and trumpet sound that has been called gorgeous.

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