Linear phrasing and a sound with relatively few overtones are basic principles of Cool Jazz, which on Cool is Hipp is Cool are primarily assumed by alto saxophone and piano. The cautious and spare solos by Ilona Haberkamp become a concept. Integrated between the top-class individualities of her co-players, she succeeds in a remarkable musical journey.
Two originals by Jutta Hipp, one extended to a little suite, excerpts from piano transcriptiptions, merged with the personal style of the musicians involved, poems on Jazz greats, she knew personally, inspire new compositions and new arrangements. Musical renderings and recitations of her poems present Jutta Hipp’s artistic vein. Her original voice on the album stems from a very private and yet unpublished interview, Iris Kramer did with Jutta in New York in Ilona Haberkamps presence in 1986. A tiny little selection of this interview creates atmosphere, serves as transition to the pieces or augments the poems.