All tracks previously unreleased, except *
Tracks A1/ B2/ B3 Inge Brandenburg with the Rolf Lüttgens Trio recorded 26.05.1958 in Frankfurt at German Jazz Festival: Rolf Lüttgens (p), Peter Trunk (b), Rudi Sehring (dr), announcement by Dietrich Schulz-Köhn
Tracks A2/ A5/ B1 Inge Brandenburg with the RIAS Tanzorchester conducted by Werner Müller, recorded 22.04.1960 in Berlin at Audimax/ FU featuring Helmut Brandt (bs), Harry Samp (tp), Heinz Niemeyer (dr), Heinz Cramer (g), Günther Schemmler (p), Alex Mackowiak (b), track 7 with rhythm section only Track A4 Inge Brandenburg with RIAS combo recorded 07.11.1960 in Berlin at RIAS studio featuring Adie Feuerstein (vib)
Tracks A3/ A6/ B4/ B6 Inge Brandenburg with the Dieter von Goetze Trio recorded 01.06.1962 in Frankfurt at German Jazz Festival: Dieter von Goetze (b), Rolf Lüttgens (p), Rolf Quenzel (dr) Track B5 Inge Brandenburg with RIAS combo recorded 11.1960 in Berlin at RIAS studio, featuring Helmut Brandt (bs), Harry Samp (tp),
Heinz Niemeyer (dr), Heinz Cramer (g), Günther Schemmler (p), Alex Mackowiak (b)
Release Date: 30.05.2014
In the following years, excerpts from other concerts and studio jam sessions were recorded, with the RIAS Dance Orchestra conducted by Werner Müller (featuring Helmut Brandt), the RIAS combo or the trio of bassist Dieter von Goetze. With this compilation from collectors` archives, ten of the twelve precious and forgotten recordings, carefully restored and mastered, become available on vinyl and CD for the first time. They are complemented by two remastered live sessions from 1960 with musicians of the orchestra Werner Müller at RIAS Studio Berlin, "Pennies From Heaven" with Adie Feuerstein on vibraphone and "There` ll Never Be Another You ", the latter originally released in the same year on the rare monaural vinyl EP "Herzlichst Inge" (“Sincerely, Inge”) with badly dubbed sound.
In the year 1950 Inge Brandenburg debuted for the first time as a jazz singer in the Augsburg Club "Crossroads". She stayed for almost a year. A little later she performed abroad on a jazz tour of Libya, Morocco and Scandinavia. In 1957 the female vocalist was hired over a period of eight months in Sweden alone. A year later she became a sensation at the German Jazz Festival. Geman "Jazz pope" Joachim Ernst Behrendt wrote: "Inge sings with an unbelievable 'feeling'. Her 'Lover Man' is of an intensity so that a whole world seems to vibrate”. However, the leaders of the German music industry ignored her exceptional talent. Only a small four-track jazz EP was released in 1960 and immediately went into oblivion, before labels like Polydor and Decca signed the singer for a bunch of pop recordings.
In 1965, after a tour with the Gunter Hampel quartet, her first and last jazz LP was released on the German CBS label, entitled "It` s Alright With Me", re-reissued in 2006 on Sonorama Records. Again, the response was poor and since then Inge Brandenburg did not get any more opportunities to record jazz. At the beginning of the 1970s the artist withdrew more and more from the world and from relationship with others. Disappointed from show business and without the prospect of a jazz career, she began to drink more heavily and could not keep her alcoholism a secret. She appeared only sporadically throughout the 1980s and 90s, devoted herself to the care of the elderly, opened up a boarding kennel and sang mainly religious songs. In her last interview, she said that the song "Born To Be Blue" fits her life and how much she would have loved to sing and record it. Just one more unfulfilled desire to add to the tragic life of Inge Brandenburg ... Ekkehart Fleischhammer, Sonorama 2014
Inge Brandenburg has been Germany's best jazz singer for years now. In Southern France last summer, a jury of international experts voted her Europe`s best. These recordings perfectly showcase Inge's versatility, and in it you will hear what we have always said - Inge Brandenburq is all jazz. Born into a broken home, orphanage-raised, struggling to keep frorn being swept under by the tides of indifference, the center of Inge's life has been a void ... a vast, loveless loneliness. It is a life largely played in rninor, with too many blue notes. For Inge singing is not an occupation, but her life. Her voice seems to come from her soul, and expresses the sum total of her experiences - significantly, all tunes deal in depth with love, or the lack of it.
And she bares these innermost parts of herself with such unself conscious honesty that one is awed by the extent of her feelings. So this is not a record for those of you satisfied with the mass produced vocal semi-jazz America is foisting on us today. Nor has it anything for those of you who insist that singers be cool and instrument-like ... distilled, polished, and colorless. Inge Brandenburg is vital, vibrant, REAL. And so is this excellent record. Thanks to Inge for some genuine jazz moments, and thanks to the label for making them available. "There'lI Never Be Another You" was the result of an actual "jam session" - no arrangements, no preperation. An honest-to-goodness, no-sham collaboration of talented jazz people. The rapport between Inge and the Werner Müllermen was electric, and the results speak for themselves .
IN MEMORY OF INGE
Reserach, compilation and production “Don`t Blame Me”: Ekkehart Fleischhammer, sound restoration,
editing and mastering in 2014: Roskow Kretschmann, Audiomoto Berlin, photos on backcover “Inge Brandenburg at German Jazz Festival 1960 with Hans Koller” by Mara Eggert, used by friendly permission of
L+R Musikarchiv in Eisenach, cover artwork: Patrick Haase.
Thanks to Sigi Schmidt-Joos, Klaus Scholz and the L+R Musikarchiv for their friendly support.