Inge Brandenburg was probably one of the best German jazz singers. Unfortunately, the music business and personal issues hindered her and eventually broke her. In the 1970s she pretty much retired from singing out of frustration and lack of engagements. She died in 1999, impoverished and almost forgotten.
Thanks to a 2011 documentary, a wider audience was made aware of her story and her music. Several albums have been released since then, both re-issues and previously unreleased recordings.
Here is her take on the jazz standard ‘Round Midnight from a 1963 tv show.
Netflix made a drama series about a jazz club. I have yet to watch the series, but given the music videos and the trailer, I’m already sold.
Bohren’s new video of pure bliss. On a darker note, the video references Rosemarie Nitribitt.
The perfectly smooth song.
I want something to… fuck me up
Need somebody to… fuck me up
Everyone feels like it… fuck me up
If you haven’t heard of this guy before, you may actually be surprised what kind of music he’s playing. The lyrics and the video thumbnail are misleading.
Funky avantgarde jazz from Switzerland. They just released a new album.
Not long now until Bohren’s new album is released. Here is a new official video for the song Tief gesunken which translates to “deeply sunken”, but can also refer to the state when someone has hit rock bottom.
This creative two-piece sings in various African languages and in their own fantasy language. The music is worldly in the best sense. It’s clearly rooted in African music, but also includes influences from India, Eastern Europe, and Western jazz. Check out the full album: Calico Soul.
Mark your calendars: On January 10th, 2019 a new Bohren album will see the light of day or yet better: will see the dark of night. Bohren is one of those bands best listened to after dark. It’s also one of those bands that had a big impact on me. The blog name Midnight Ritual Radio is no coinicidence (hint: Midnight Radio).
Check out the Coffee Beak Sessions for some very cool funky world music from the 1970s.