Jutta Hipp — At the Hickory House Vol.1

Here is an early Blue Note 12″ LP, pianist Jutta Hipp’s At the Hickory House Volume 1. Recorded in April 1956 in a trio with Peter Ind (bs) and Ed Thigpen (dr), these live recordings along with her studio album with Zoot Sims, best document her playing before she stepped away from the music scene in 1958.

This is an original pressing and a very collectible piece of jazz history that I’m fortunate to have.  Both the cover and LP show signs of use, but were still taken care of and fall into a VG+ grade.  It sounds quite good for the context of a live gig in 1956, but not as good as Blue Note records would become in the years to follow.  It has Rudy Van Gelder’s “RVG” hand etched in the deadwax along with the important Plastylite “p”. The label has the 767 Lexington Ave. address and the deepgroove on each side.

(Details: Blue Note BLP 1515 mono/flatedge/Lex Ave./DGx2/”p”/RVG)

Jutta Hipp — I’ll Remeber April

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5 Responses to Jutta Hipp — At the Hickory House Vol.1

  1. On “161 Lexington” as a guy in a store recently described early originals to me. Teutonic nights, that is one seriously desirable record!

    • vinyltim says:

      Yeah, I’m fortunate to have this.
      I’m not particularly engaged with the music, although it’s grown on me and I do like it. Have you checked these trio recordings out? I saw the Zoot Sims on your blog….I suspect I may prefer the quintet setting with another lead voice out front.

  2. Tony says:

    Here is her story from All Music:
    “Jutta Hipp had a strangely brief career, dropping out of music altogether shortly after emigrating to the United States. She studied painting in Germany and played jazz during World War II. When the Soviets took over East Germany, she moved with her family to Munich. Hipp played locally and in 1952, recorded with Hans Koller. She led her own quintet in Frankfurt in 1953-1955 and recorded for several labels, including a session that was later released by Blue Note. Moving to New York in November 1955, Hipp played at the Hickory House for much of the first half of 1956, recording two trio albums for Blue Note. Although originally inspired by Lennie Tristano, she was criticized at the time for being too influenced by Horace Silver; however, a studio album from July 1956 with Zoot Sims finds her showing a fairly original style. Unfortunately, that was her final recording, for Jutta Hipp soon dropped out of music, returned to painting, then worked as a seamstress. She lost contact with the music world to the extent that Blue Note didn’t know where her royalties should be sent until 2000. Three years later, at the age of 78, Jutta Hipp passed away in the Queens apartment where she lived alone.” ~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

  3. dottorjazz says:

    a gal playing bop?
    I’m not interested in.
    that’s what I thought many a time when I had the opportunity of buying this record as first pressing.
    my main religion has always been to buy music I really liked, and Jutta was crashed among Bud, Bill, Monk…
    never bought e record for rarity, if I didn’t like it: this is the collector’s religion, not sellers’.
    I’m not a seller.

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