Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

by Markus Rutz

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    Figure Two: New Designs" is the second volume from Chicago trumpeter and composer Markus Rutz's Blueprints series. While 2019's "Figure One: Frameworks" honored Markus' mentors, family and the musical greats who influenced his sound and career, New Designs looks to the future with new discoveries in personal and musical growth. Navigating diverse ensemble and stylistic directions through 6 original compositions and jazz standards by McCoy Tyner, Sam Rivers and Frank Foster, Rutz conjures intrigue, beauty and dynamism through his orchestrations which include sparkling ensemble passages and intimate duets. With saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Marcos Varela, drummers Xavier Breaker and Marcus Evans, Adrian Ruiz on piano, guitarist Matt Gold and Heitor Garcia on percussion, the volumes of Blueprints capture a compelling moment in an artist's journey. "...a big, dark tone and a fluid ease to his phrasing makes him seem relaxed even when unleashing a volley of 16th notes..." Downbeat.

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East to West 03:52
Shipmates 07:10
Simone 06:16
Beatrice 04:53


released September 18, 2020

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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Markus Rutz Chicago, Illinois

Markus Rutz plays trumpet with bluesy, soulful style and a tone that has been called gorgeous. He composes music from his home base in Chicago, Illinois where he also performs.

His third album is Blueprints – Figure One: Frameworks with original compositions on this new work and ensembles from duet to sextet incorporating pieces with Cuban percussion, ballad, bop, West Coast Cool and swing.
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