Jutta Hipp Lost Tapes: The German Recordings 1952-1955 on 180g LP + Download
Original Concert Recordings Remastered
By the age of 13, Jutta Hipp had completed her classical piano studies. With the war in full flow she embarked on an art degree; when the country was partitioned she ﬂed to the West, realizing the Russian occupying forces would expect her to produce only party political poster art. First Munich, then Frankfurt, finally the whole of West Germany. She got to know all the jazz pioneers of the day: Emil and Albert Mangelsdorff, Joki Freund – and above all Hans Koller, whose admiration of Lester Young had a profound influence on her own performance style.
A redhead with striking good looks, hypersensitive and outrageously talented – she quickly became an object of attention in the early 1950s. One story has it she almost drove the young Albert Mangelsdorff crazy because she never returned his affection. She became engaged to Attila Zoller – and then disappeared. The great Leonard Feather wrote “Dear Jutta” after hearing her play live in Duisburg in 1954. He promised her a great career in the USA.
In late 1955 she left for New York. A whirlwind career followed: Alfred Lion signed her to Blue Note; three recordings in just eight months; an object of awe in the clubs – the Frauleinwunder. And then it was all over as quickly as it had begun. She fell out with Feather, refused to play the pieces he wrote for her. She withdrew from the jazz scene altogether, ran into financial difficulties, could no longer pay her rent, turned to drink.
In 1958 she found a job as a seamstress in Queens, took photographs, painted, sewed and made occasional appearances in the clubs. Another story has it that alcohol and a paralyzing fear of the stage prevented her comeback. She retired in 1995, devoted herself to painting, graphic design and making traditional dolls. She died in 2003, aged 78, reclusive, alone. She had never been back to her native Germany. Today, this daughter of Leipzig is only remembered in the city by a road named Jutta-Hipp-Weg.
Jazz Haus is pleased to present Lost Tapes: The German Recordings 1952-1955, a rare 11-song set which captures Jutta Hipp live in Koblenz on November 30, 1952, Baden-Baden on June 21, 1953 and Stuttgart on June 28, 1955 playing with the likes of Franz “Shorty” Roeder, Karl Sanner, Hans Koller, Albert Mangelsdorff, Rudi Sehring, Joki Freund, Attila Zoller and Harry Schell.
- Jutta Hipp (piano)
- Franz “Shorty” Roeder (bass)
- Karl Sanner (drums)
- Hans Koller (tenor saxophone)
- Albert Mangelsdorff (trombone)
- Rudi Sehring (drums)
- Joki Freund (tenor saxophone)
- Attila Zoller (guitar)
- Harry Schell (bass)
Jutta Hipp Lost Tapes: The German Recordings 1952-1955 Track Listing:
1. Blues After Hours
2. Errol‘s Bounce
3. Gone With The Wind
4. You Go To My Head
5. What Is This Thing Called Love
7. Come Back To Sorrento
8. Daily Double
9. Indian Summer
10. Everything Happens To Me