175

Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Echoes

Edward Blanco By

Sign in to view read count
Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Echoes Recorded live in September, 1976 at Howard Rumsey's Concerts by the Sea in Redondo Beach, California, Echoes captures a jazz vocals performance by the husband and wife team of Jackie Cain and Roy Kral. Unfortunately, Kral passed away in 2002, making the release of this never-before-issued album the first for Cain since Kral's death.

The singing duo brings along three fine musicians from San Francisco, forming the quintet that played the gig at Rumsey's room. The players included Red Norvo's former bassist John Mosher, drummer Gary Nash and vibraphonist Brian Atkinson.

With a repertoire of primarily standards, and songs that became tributes to the films of Humphrey Bogart, Jackie and Roy sing with the same warmth and charm that made them a delight to hear since the 1950s. The movie songs include Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer's "How Little We Know (from To Have and Have Not), featuring the best few bars of instrumentals from the band and "The Fat Man, a tribute to Bogart's counterpart, Sidney Greenstreet, written by Kral and Fran Landesman.

Corcovado, and "Samba do Aviao, are a couple of Antonio Carlo Jobim classics given new treatments by the duo. Cain weighs in with lyrics on bassist Harvie Swartz's "Winter Comes. Acknowledging the pop-rock sounds of the 1960s and 1970s, they also include the Billy Joel standout "New York State of Mind.

There are also a couple of Alec Wilder compositions that merit mention. "Walk Pretty and the lovely ballad "The Echoes of My Life are songs one has to hear to appreciate. A statement that can actually be applied to this entire re-mastered quality session from two jazz greats performing on perhaps the last remembrance of this dynamic duo together that we may ever have.


Track Listing: I Wonder What

Personnel: Jackie Cain: vocals; Roy Kral: piano, vocals; Brian Atkinson: vibes; John Mosher: bass; Gary Nash: drums.

Title: Echoes | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Jazzed Media


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Sonder CD/LP/Track Review Sonder
by Troy Dostert
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Putting Off Death CD/LP/Track Review Putting Off Death
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends CD/LP/Track Review Albert Mangelsdorff And His Friends
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 16, 2017
Read Heaven On Their Minds CD/LP/Track Review Heaven On Their Minds
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: August 16, 2017
Read "Books On Tape, Vol. 2 - Standard Edition" CD/LP/Track Review Books On Tape, Vol. 2 - Standard Edition
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 17, 2016
Read "Alom Mola" CD/LP/Track Review Alom Mola
by John Eyles
Published: May 10, 2017
Read "#knowingishalfthebattle" CD/LP/Track Review #knowingishalfthebattle
by Mark F. Turner
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 41" CD/LP/Track Review Ray Charles Orchestra: Zurich 1961-Swiss Radio Days Jazz...
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 8, 2016
Read "Grey Mirror" CD/LP/Track Review Grey Mirror
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 6, 2017
Read "The Best of Bossacucanova" CD/LP/Track Review The Best of Bossacucanova
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: June 6, 2017

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.