New Faces in Germany is very brief clocking in at less than 30 minutes, Jutta Hipp displays a very interesting sound to my ears.
The backing band, all German, offers a light but urgent mood reminiscent of some of the better West Coast jazz of the era.
I actually thought at first listen Paul Desmond might be the alto sax here, but in fact is someone I had never heard of, Emil Mangelsdorff (1925-).
I believe this was the same man in Dave Pike's band at one time and he recorded some free jazz albums too. I am assuming it's the same fella.
Easily the most memorable tune on this recording from 1954 is "What's New" just sublime the ways she masters this trio performance. Hauntingly exciting.
The track the standard "Blue Skies" has a little bit of an off kilter sound at times, I like it. Bluesy and a little forward to free jazz some, just a tad...but I enjoyed it for that, I wonder if you hear it as well?
This original 10 inch LP commands astronomical prices over the thousand dollar mark.
Jutta Hipp remains somewhat of an enigma in that her recorded output is very sparse, that's surprising too considering how good the music is, a shame indeed.
I was fortunate to hear this music via the Amazon Unlimited Music Service, which does currently have most of the Blue Note catalog.
I was surprised this particular music was available. This service has been well worth the 7.99 a month fee I am paying. The sound is much better than I had thought too.
I also happen to think this is one of the most gorgeous Blue Note album covers. Certainly one that should deserve a premium beyond what the music's value is, and that's quite high in its own right.