Born in Leipzig in 1929 and orphaned by the war, the lifetime of Inge Brandenburg is a story of missed opportunities and sad circumstances. She began her career as a professional singer in 1950 with the first engagement at an American GI-club called Crossroads in the city of Augsburg. The highly talented girl soon began touring Germany in the early 50s with a vast repertoire of entertainment and easy jazz titles, heading for Sweden and performing there for nearly the whole year of 1957 before being finally discovered in front of a bigger audience with her outstanding concert at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival in 1958.
Admired by famous German jazz critics Joachim Ernst Berendt and Siegfried Schmidt-Joos and nearly all well known opinion leaders of the international press, she was even voted for "Europe`s Best Female Jazz Singer" at the festival of Juan-Le-Pins. Jurg Ramspeck of the "Zuricher Woche" stated: "She has become a wonderful singer, a living dementi against the proverbial stiffness of the Germans." But sadly, Inge was not in a position to bring this legendary reputation on the international markets, having to sing and record for the German mass market instead with a record company, that decided to release one flat pop 7" after the other. Inge seemed to be an international jazz star for moments before she was crushed out by the mills of the German entertainment industry in the early 60s. Her jazz repertoire was refused by the industry and her pop titles sung in German simply drowned within the vast success of the rock`n`roll and beat revolution, reducing and confining her to the poor entertainment image.
The only exception is this LP It's Alright With Me, that features the rare jazz talents of Inge surrounded by the hard grooving and out of the ordinary Gunter Hampel Quartet, luckily recorded in their one and only Berlin session. There was no master tape available, so that this high quality reissue had to be carefully mastered from the original vinyl LP. Inge is accompanied by Gunter Hampel (vibes, flute), Bobo Stensson (piano), Victor Kaihatu (bass) and Pierre Courbois (drums). This album contains the famous "Summertime" version, heavily bootlegged in awful sound quality over the years.