German jazz guitarist and composer Barbara Jungfer has been on the European jazz scene for over a decade. Her 2001 release Vitamin B-3 features eight original compositions and one standard in an organ trio format.
The mellow vibe of hollow-body guitar and sustained Hammond chords accentuates the somber mood of Jungfer's songs. The mid-tempo, finger-picked track "Back Home" opens with a blues shuffle. "Dawn Bird" and the Herzog/Holiday standard "God Bless the Child" ease through the middle of the record, sandwiched around the quick shuffle "Eloquence." "Snow Blues" closes with a half-time blues dirge that builds on organ chords and double-stop guitar passages.
Jungfer's chiming jazz guitar perfectly suits the blue mood of the record, whether comping chords behind organ leads or taking melodic lead breaks. Wolfgang Roggenkamp tastefully keeps the Hammond in the background, letting the spotlight shine on Jungfer's guitar. His left-hand basslines on the organ support the trio well. Christoph Schlemmer's light cymbal work fills the high end of the sonic spectrum.
Vitamin B-3 offers nine tracks of traditional electric jazz from a classic organ trio format, recommended to American fans of this style and instrumentation who might not know Jungfer's work.
Track Listing: 1. Back Home; 2. Open Window; 3. Scones; 4. Dawn Bird; 5. Eloquence; 6. God Bless The Child; 7.
Ginger Plant; 8. Sereia; 9. Snow Blues.
Personnel: Barbara Jungfer: guitar; Wolfgang Roggenkamp: organ; Christoph Schlemmer: drums.
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!