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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: A Wilder Alias

Read "Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: A Wilder Alias" reviewed by Chris May

Jackie Cain & Roy KralA Wilder AliasCTI Masterworks2011 (1974) Producer Creed Taylor's 1970s' label, CTI, has had a controversial history. Some of its detractors, averse to the lush sound and embrace of fusion, have been reluctant even to recognize CTI as a jazz label. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (Macmillan, 1988 and 1994), for instance, the most authoritative pre-internet compendium of jazz information, contains no potted history--nor, more significantly, a ...

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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Echoes

Read "Echoes" reviewed by Edward Blanco

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 ...

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Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Echoes

Read "Echoes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In the annals of jazz vocal duos, none stands taller than Jackie Cain and her husband, the late Roy Kral. When it came to interpreting American popular songs they were without peer, and like Bobby Short or Matt Dennis, every note, every measure, every phrase was urbane and tasteful.

Echoes, on which Cain and Kral radiate hipness and charm as leaders of a blue-collar quintet, was recorded live in September 1976 at Howard Rumsey's Concerts by the Sea in Redondo ...


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