The Ruff Pack
THE RUFF PACK consists of 3 musicians who share the same passion for good music. The Band blends and mixes the improvisational and compositional complexity of Jazz and the rustic groove and frenetic energy of HipHop. This clash of cultures appears more prevalent in New York City, the home base of THE RUFF PACK.
Based on the classic jazz guitar trio, THE RUFF PACK takes instrumental HipHop to another level. Stephan Kondert and Matthias Löscher, both born and raised in Austria, collaborated in many different projects for more than 15 years. In Daru Jones ( Jack White, Talib Kweli, Black Milk, Slum Village, etc.) they found the perfect match for their open-minded visions.
The Band has released one Studio Album (“Introducing THE RUFF PACK”, 2010) and one Live DVD (THE RUFF PACK LIVE, 2012). They have been touring regularly on both sides of the Atlantic since 2009 and were featured at the “Blue Note Jazz Club, NYC”, “Catch A Fire Festival 2012″ (one of the main german HipHop Festivals), the “Red Bull Brandwagen Gehheimkonzerttour, feat. Aloe Blacc” (supportact in Vienna), “The Filmore” in San Francisco (opening for Living Colour), amongst countless other Jazz and HipHop Clubs.
Since the first show of TRP the enthusiastic respond of very different kind of audiences has been remarkable. This unique musical vision has made Jazz Club visitors listen with delight and made a very young HipHop Festival crowd listen to instrumental solos over HipHop Grooves with clapping on the beats “two” and “four”.
The album “With You” is the fourth release of THE RUFF PACK (released in February 2013). The music is a step further in the development of the unique fusion of instrumental HipHop and Jazz that TRP has created in past years. After the mixtape ‘#HipHoppersForCovers, Vol. 1 (EU Version)’ which featured rappers across Europe, TRP now presents “With You” and they are stronger on this album as a unit than ever before. The Packers composed, arranged, and produced every single note and recorded them live in the studio (check out the ‘Making of’ Videos).
The mutual vision of Daru, Steph and Matt created a whole new universe of sounds, grooves and textures. This album captures the listener like an epic movie – you won’t be able to quit listening until the end. This musical journey will take you to unexpected places that you never thought a HipHop/Jazz Instrumental band could take you. Elements of Rock, Synthesizer like sounds, raw Funk, and pure Soul are packed into the Trio’s original sound. Steph Kondert’s solid bass grooves and virtuous solos, Matt Pedals’ sound universe giving justice to his name and Daru Jones’ unique driving and legendary pocket make this new record magical.
THE RUFF PACK is looking forward to exploring these journeys WITH YOU.
Recent Blog Articles
Dear Ladies & Gentlemen, We are starting our Fall Run 2013 this week and we are really excited! Here are our EU dates for September. We are looking forward to see you at a show! Also, we have released a first outtake of our LIVE DVD! Here is the joint “Rooftop Chillin’ “, recorded […]
Greetings from the road! We’ve been back on tour for a bunch of days now and are very happy to announce the physical release of our brand new Album “With You”! You can PURCHASE it here. As for the Tour, it’s going very well! We had three performances so far, all of them open air. […]
Ladies & Gentlemen, we are proud to announce our “With You” Tour dates for February 2013! We will have our first appearances in Belgium and the Netherlands. Our new Album has been digitally released on February 1st (get it HERE). Now, the hard copies will be available on February 15th. You can order your copy […]
Ladies & Gentlemen, we are very pleased to announce that our new Album “With You” is digitally released today!! You can purchase it on ITunes, the hard copies will be available on February 15th, 2013. We put a WHOLE LOT OF LOVE in this Album and are really, really proud of it! Big ups to […]
Ladies & Gentlemen, today is the day! Our single “With You” is herewith released!! Here’s the official music video, directed and edited by Julian Weidenthaler, aka JYD Get the single on ITunes! peace, TRP