Big Band Explosion

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Big Band Explosion
Nina Hagen Big Band Explosion.jpg
Studio album by Nina Hagen
Released December 9, 2003
Studio Transport Music Studio, Leipzig, Germany
Genre Jazz, big band
Label SPV Recordings
Producer Nina Hagen
Nina Hagen chronology
Return of the Mother
(2000)Return of the Mother2000
Big Band Explosion feat. Leipzig Big Band
Irgendwo auf der Welt
(2006)Irgendwo auf der Welt2006

Big Band Explosion is the twelfth (ninth studio) album by Nina Hagen, released in 2003, featuring the Leipzig Big Band.

Critical reception[edit]

The Allmusic review by David Jeffries awarded the album 3 stars stating "The lady was born to entertain, and if you're warm to her in-your-face absurdity, Big Band Explosion is a heck of a lot of fun. You'll be on the edge of your seat as the singer delivers the tunes straight-faced, but you just know that any moment she's going to bust out the brash Nina of old.".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Let Me Entertain You" (Jules Styne, Stephen Sondheim) - 2:47
  2. "Sugar Blues" (Clarence Williams, Lucy Fletcher) - 3:26
  3. "I Want to Be Happy" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) - 2:35
  4. "The Lady Loves Me" (Roy C. Bennett, Sid Tepper) - 4:14 duet with Lucas Alexander
  5. "Rhythm & Romance" (George Whiting, J.C. Johnson, Nat Schwartz) - 3:06
  6. "Rainbow" (E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen) - 4:28
  7. "If You Ever Should Leave" (Sammy Cohen, Saul Chaplin) - 2:38
  8. "Fever" (Eddy Cooley, John Davenport) - 4:52
  9. "Love & Kisses" (Paul Francis Webster, Rudolf Friml) - 3:11
  10. "All Over Nothing @ All" (Arthur Altman, Jack Lawrence) - 3:34
  11. "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) 3:28 duet with Lucas Alexander
  12. "Starlit Hour" (Mitchell Parish, Peter De Rose) - 4:17



  • Nina Hagen – vocals, concept, cover photo, creative consultant
  • Frank Nowicky - alt sax (Bandleader)
  • Michael Arnold – tenor sax
  • Andrea Bauer – baritone sax
  • Wolfram Dix – percussion
  • Torsten Hell – trumpet
  • Matthias Büttner - trombone
  • Hans-Peter Fechner - bass trombone
  • Jack Roth – drums
  • Ralf Schrabbe – keyboards, piano


  • Michael Schöbel – concept, creative consultant
  • Jim Steinfeldt – photography
  • Ansgar Striepens – arranger
  • Peter Herbolzheimer – arranger
  • Andy Jackson – mastering
  • Michael Wolff – mixing, producer, vocal engineer


  1. ^ a b Jeffries, D. Allmusic Review accessed July 2, 2012