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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Elizabeth Tombulian: Love's in Need of Love Today

Read "Love's in Need of Love Today" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

By the third track on Elizabeth Tomboulian's Love's in Need of Love Today , you discover three observations: that the album is probably going to be a rainbow of diverse grooves and textures; that Tomboulian is definitely adept at all of them; and that she takes great joy in doing so.

The eleven ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall

Read "Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Celebrating mid-October birthdays with songs by pianist/composer Roy Kral, who with his wife vocalist Jackie Cain formed the duo group Jackie & Roy, and also Thelonious Monk a year after his centennial. Also remembering songwriter Carol Hall (1936-2018) best known for the Broadway musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, but who also contributed lyrics to ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield: Solitary Moon

Read "Solitary Moon" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The unabridged subtitle of this endlessly charming album is “Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield Sing the Johnny Mandel Songbook." For those who were unaware that there is a Johnny Mandel Songbook apart from “Emily," “The Shadow of Your Smile" and “Close Enough for Love," this scintillating summary is a guaranteed eye-(and ear-) opener, lovingly packaged and ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Meredith D'Ambrosio on Jackie Cain

Meredith D'Ambrosio on Jackie Cain

When Jackie Cain died last week, I immediately thought of jazz singer-pianist Meredith d'Ambrosio. Meredith also has an intimate, conversational vocal style and, like Jackie, has an ear for great little-known songs that match her personality perfectly. Meredith and I chat often, so I asked her for a few recollections on Jackie (and Roy). Here's what ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Losses: Jackie Cain, Joe Sample

Losses: Jackie Cain, Joe Sample

Following a long illness, Jackie Cain died Monday afternoon in her New Jersey home. She was 86. She and Roy Kral combined their talents in 1946. They incorporated the spirit of bebop in their work with Charlie Ventura’s sextet, capturing the public imagination with “East of Suez” and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.” Recorded with Ventura at ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Jackie Cain (1928-2014)

Jackie Cain (1928-2014)

Jackie Cain, a vocalist who gave bebop a carefree vocalese spin in the late 1940s with her singer-pianist husband Roy Kral and, as Jackie and Roy, became one of the most beloved jazz-pop singing duos and recording artists of the 1950s and beyond, died Sept. 15 at her home in New Jersey. She was 86. Throughout ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield: Solitary Moon

Read "Solitary Moon" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The canon gifted us by composer Johnny Mandel, whether film scores, television themes or individual compositions, is bathed in distinctive melodic beauty. And, both memorable and lesser-known Mandel selections offer lyrics from some of the greatest wordsmiths of our time--Johnny Mercer, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Dave Frishberg, and others. Thus the material presented in Solitary Moon ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Tommy Wolf + Fran Landesman

Tommy Wolf + Fran Landesman

If many of today's jazz musicians and singers lack anything, it's curiosity. Talent they've got plenty of, but a deep interest in the past beyond what they already know about the music seems alien to their approach. Based on the CDs that cross my desk, the same two dozen standards are being recorded endlessly—At Last, Autumn ...

ARTICLE: RECORD LABEL PROFILES

Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz

Read "Fresh Sound Records and the Legacy of Recorded Jazz" reviewed by Bruce Klauber

If the importance and the contributions of jazz are measured by its recorded legacy, then Fresh Sound Records--and its founder, Jordi Pujol--must be duly recognized for rescuing a legacy that might otherwise be lost or nearly impossible to find, and for making it available to the public.

Specifically, this legacy includes recorded works by saxophonist ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: A Wilder Alias

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

Jackie Cain & Roy Kral

A Wilder Alias

CTI Masterworks

2011 (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 ...