Drawing inspiration from sources as diverse as jazz legends Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson and the music of Ravel, Debussy, and Scriabin, Jeff Rupert and Richard Drexler weave tapestries of sound that are solidly grounded in and celebrate the great tradition of jazz's standard repertory. And through the intimate medium of the duo, they do so with a remarkable melodic, harmonic, and textural flexibility, great creativity, and a serious sense of swing.
Rupert and Drexler have performed, recorded and toured with a veritable “who’s who” of the jazz realm. Drexler is a bassist, pianist and composer/arranger who has worked with Jeff Berlin Trio, Woody Herman Orchestra, Kenny Drew, Jr., and others. Saxophonist and composer Rupert has toured and recorded with artists including Maynard Ferguson, Sam Rivers, Mel Tormé, Diane Schuur and Benny Carter.
“Jeff Rupert has a classic tenor sound, the virtuosity to execute practically any musical idea, and the imagination to make those ideas worth hearing.”
– Ed Berger (Institute of Jazz Studies)
“From the moment I first heard Jeff Rupert with my band I considered him one of the great jazz players of today.”
– Maynard Ferguson
"I have heard the future of jazz, and it is Richard Drexler."
– Eric Addeo, Joel Chriss and Company (JazzTimes Magazine, 2004)