Art Ruprecht
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Art Ruprecht

Wildwood, Missouri, United States | INDIE

Wildwood, Missouri, United States | INDIE
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" Review"

Artist: Art Ruprecht
CD: At The End of the Day
Home: Wildwood, Missouri
Style: Smooth Jazz
By Darryl Gregory

With memorable melodies and danceable grooves, Art Ruprecht delivers a respectable CD of smooth jazz and easy listening funk entitled At the End of the Day. A former fiddler, mandolinist and banjo picker, Ruprecht got his fingers up to speed on these instruments and then switched to guitar and eased into the jazz scene. At the End of the Day is filled with melodically driven tunes that are sung with the voice of Ruprecht’s golden voiced guitar. Ruprecht has nimble fingers but never seems to be playing too many notes. His melodies are memorable and very groovy and he is right in the pocket with all of his improvisations. While the songs on this CD are played mostly on electric guitar, Ruprecht switches off and brings in a nylon acoustic in on a few tracks including the title track. Most of the tunes are songs you might hear on the right end of the radio dial, but a few, like "Bear Hug" and "Trinity" mix it up with nifty jazz waltz feels and allusions to disco-dance grooves. At the End of the Day is a definitely a CD worth getting for those that are jazz guitar aficionados and those who are into the George Benson approach to smooth jazz. Ruprecht’s playing is superb, and his arrangements just make the guitar melodies float easily on top. This is definitely a CD worth buying and then playing more than a few times.

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- Darryl Gregory,

"RadioIndy Review of "At The End Of The Day""

"At The End Of The Day" by Art Ruprecht is an impressive guitar-driven contemporary jazz album brought to you by an accomplished guitarist. Art's style is a nice blend derived from several different genres. You'll notice right off the bat that the album is a bit on the funky side and there is also a Latin influence present throughout. Aside from being a great player, Art writes great arrangements. The songs are all well layered, have direction and all emit a pleasant feeling. The production quality is excellent and the songs are ready for airwaves. Highlights include the opener "Big Talker," which funks it up right out of the gates with a quirky arrangement and a big beat. "Bear-hug" is a smooth as silk, with a "floating on air" feel and great guitar solos. "Eternal Life" wraps things up nicely with a definite sense of closure and a really nice piano progression. If you enjoy jazz guitar greats such as George Benson, you’ll enjoy Art and this tremendous CD.
- William and the Reviewer Team

"Named RadioIndy Gold Artist"

We screen thousands of songs by indie artists and name the best artists Gold Artists. We focus on musicianship, songwriting and recording quality when determining a potential Gold artist. By virtue of the CD,"At The End Of The Day", Art Ruprecht is a Radioindy Gold Artist. -

"Webster-Kirkwood Times article"

From the “Webster-Kirkwood Times”, 10/05/08
by Marty Harris
October 03, 2008

Regular Weather Channel viewers are likely familiar with the smooth jazz tunes of Glendale native and guitarist Art Ruprecht.Since the first quarter of 2007, five songs from Ruprecht's 2008 CD, "At The End Of The Day," have aired on The Weather Channel's "Local On The Eights" segment.""That was a Godsend; it was a nice break for me," Ruprecht said of the Weather Channel airtime.The CD, the second for Ruprecht, contains all original compositions. He composed them from 1997 to 2007, while working full time as a driver with DHL and helping to parent and home school four children, ages 24 to 13 years. He and his family now live in Wildwood.Ruprecht and his wife Nancy, a Kirkwood High grad, recorded their first CD, "All Is Well" in 2003. That CD was a contemporary Christian CD with a jazz flavor, he said, noting they became Christians in the early 1990s."It was fun and it was a learning experience," he said of the CD.While that CD didn't have a lot of success, Ruprecht began using Taxi, a company which acts as a middle man for musicians and record publishers."That's how I got the deal with The Weather Channel," Ruprecht noted. "It's so hard to make contacts in the music business. If you have a solicitor, it carries more weight."The guitarist said it takes a lot of determination in the music business."I love it and am committed to do it whether I have any successes or not," Ruprecht said.The musician has been committed to music since he started playing violin, mandolin and banjo with the Kirkwood bluegrass band, the Harvest Band, from 1975 to 1980.When he was 18, he picked up the guitar and hasn't put it down since. His music influences range from Ricky Scaggs to George Benson."My roots are in bluegrass, but I always had an interest in other kinds of music," Ruprecht said. He said he was a drummer in high school and played a lot of rock."I like all kinds of music," he said.After his stint with the Harvest Band, Ruprecht worked with a few other bands playing at weddings, corporate events, and private parties. From 1980 to 1985 he went on the road with a show band called Facts of Life.He's now concentrating on jazz. Ruprecht likes the variety of chords used in jazz, the key changes and, of course, the rhythm.After his kids were born, Ruprecht took a break from performing with a band."I got into raising kids more than anything else," Ruprecht said. He and his wife began writing songs in the 1990s.As far as his recent CD, it's had a couple pretty good reviews and seem to be well received, Ruprecht said. It's been distributed to a lot of different radio stations and is getting some air play.William and the Review Team called "At The End Of The Day" an "impressive guitar-driven contemporary jazz album…. Aside from being a great player, Art writes great arrangements."Ruprecht has a contract with LGN Entertainment for worldwide digital distribution of his CD which includes retail distribution at Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Amazon, etc. if the digital sales do well. It is available at most mp3 download sites including iTunes. The hard copy is available at his Web site (, Webster Records, The Music Center of Kirkwood and CD Baby."I'm plugging away at it and trying to get the CD out there," Ruprecht said. "It's in God's hands."
Link: - Webster-Kirkwood Times

"Principal percussionist, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra"

Smooth and elegant...eternal in value. Every guitar player should have this CD! - John Kasica

"Indie Music Editor's Pick"

Chosen as an Indie-Music Editor's Pick for the month of May 2008. - Indie Music


"All Is Well" Art & Nancy Ruprecht (2003)
"At The End Of The Day" Art Ruprecht (2008)
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Art has had six tracks air nationally on The Weather Channel’s “Local On The Eights” segment. He has music published with Platinum Music of Great Britain, Supermax Music, Triple Scoop Music, and worldwide digital distribution of his 2008 Smooth Jazz release, “At The End Of The Day”, with LGN Entertainment/Sony-BMG.
Art has performed regularly with acts based primarily in the Midwest region of the United States including The Facts Of Life, 40 West, Encore Entertainment, Galaxy Productions, Phoenix, Rhythm Of The Night, The Art & Nancy duo and many others.

At age eighteen, Art Ruprecht took up the guitar and hasn’t put it down since. As one of the most respected musicians in the St. Louis area, his varied influences range from Ricky Scaggs to George Benson . When area band leaders are looking for a versatile player, they are apt to call on Art to meet their need.

Benefiting greatly from Berklee School of Music courses as a teenager, Art increased his technical knowledge while drums remained his primary instrument. The result of a love affair with bluegrass yielded his meteoric development on the violin, mandolin and banjo, as well as the guitar, which would serve him well over the years to come. Warming up for the likes of Pure Prairie League, Earl Scruggs and Vassar Clements, Art moved into other styles, especially the jazz/R&B genre.