Don’t Blame Me: Europe`s Best Jazz Singer In Concert 1958-1962

BY Inge Brandenburg



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Europe’s Best Jazz Singer in concert 1958-1962: Ten unreleased concert recordings and two live recording sessions of Inge Brandenburg (1929-1999), voted for “Europe’s best female jazz singer” at the festival of Juan-Le-Pins 1960. The singer live in Berlin and Frankfurt with piano trio, combo or orchestra, featuring Rolf Lüttgens Trio, RIAS Orchestra/ Werner Müller, RIAS combo and Dieter von Goetze trio. Soulful vocal jazz including “S’Wonderful”, “Lover Come Back To Me”, “Secret Love” or “Summertime”. Limited vinyl LP and 6-page-digipack CD, carefully restored and remastered in 2014, comes with unreleased archive photos and new sleeve notes.

Inge Brandenburg (1929-1999) was the most important German jazz singer of the 50s and 60s, blessed with creative spontaneity, unique vocal timing and great artistic expression. Her vocal style was unique and with her dark timbre she celebrated the “real” blues. This CD and LP presents a survey of the singer’s completely unknown or rare live recordings, taped 1958-1962 in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, at the peak of her short and tragic career as a jazz artist. Her performance at the sixth German Jazz Festival in 1958 was considered to be her breakthrough. Three tracks out of twelve were recorded at this concert. Inge Brandenburg was accompanied there by the excellent trio of pianist Rolf Lüttgens, featuring legendary bassist Peter Trunk and Rudi Sehring, one of the best German drummers of the post-war period.

Largely ignored by the German public during her final years, only seven people showed up at the funeral of Inge Brandenburg in 1999. Twelve years later, however, for the premiere of the first documentary film about her life (“Sing, Inge, Sing”), many hundreds of people crammed into a large hall. The crowd in Berlin’s “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” was so great that the organizers had to offer an additional public viewing in the lobby cafe. The rediscovery of a German jazz heroine was celebrated at the glittering event – the “best European jazz singer in 1960”, voted as such at the festival in Juan-Les-Pins, Southern France. Her inability to take control of her life is mirrored in the film, with the “broken dream” of Inge Brandenburg as a collection of bad occupational prospects, missed opportunities and private disasters. She was a highly talented artist with the right idea at the wrong time and in the wrong place.

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