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Jutta Hipp: Remembering Blue Note's Trailblazer

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"She's a great pianist. She's better than Toshiko [Akiyoshi], incidentally. You've heard of Jutta Hipp?"

So opined Charles Mingus in Thomas Reichman's documentary film Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968. Mingus was speaking about German- born pianist Jutta Hipp (1925-2003), who, in 1956, became the first woman to sign for Blue Note Records.

For an account of Hipp's extraordinary and in many ways tragic life, see Marc Myers' JazzWax interview with jazz historian and journalist Katja von Schuttenbach.

Was Mingus right? Judge for yourself from this swinging live recording, At the Hickory House, Vol. 2 (Blue Note, 1956), with Peter Ind on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums.



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