Long out of print as an LP (on Catalyst) and at a premium when you can find it, Kral Space has finally come to CD. Thank Collectables (#7160) for this. Accompanied as usual by Alan Broadbent and as a bonus the under recorded Emil Richards on vibes and percussion, this CD, only 37:21 has some great Irene Kral vocals, including Frishberg's Wheelers and Dealers. Vocal fans will also want to know that songs by Fran Landesman and Bob Dorough are also represented. What a joy.
For those not that familiar with Kral, she's Roy Kral's sister from Jackie & Roy. Irene sang with Maynard Ferguson for a short time and made a great LP called "The Band & I" with Herb Pomeroy (UA 4016 and well worth searching the LP bins for). Two of Irene's vocals were on Clint Eastwood's "Bridges of Madison County" sound track.
Breast cancer cut short the talented vocalist's life at 46 in 1978. Always thought of as a "vocalist's vocalist". If you have never heard Ms. Kral you owe it to yourself to start with this CD which is a fine example of her warm and intimate ballad style.
Wheeler's & Dealers, Star Eyes, It Wasn't So Good It Couldn't Get Better, Once Upon Another Time, Experiment, Small Day Tomorrow, Some Time Ago, It's Nice Weather For Ducks, Everytime We Say Goodbye, The Song Is You.
Irene Kral-vocals, Alan Broadbent-piano, Fred Atwood-bass, Nick Ceroli-drums, Emil Richards-vibes, percussion.
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.