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Roy Kral and Thelonious Monk birthdays; RIP Carol Hall

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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 ...


Alan Broadbent: Intimate Reflections on a Passion for Jazz

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Pianist, composer, and arranger Alan Broadbent doesn't just “dig" jazz. He has a deep and enduring passion for it. Growing up in mid- 20th-century New Zealand, he quickly went beyond piano lessons to reading musical scores and learning jazz standards. Then, when the Dave Brubeck Quartet came to his relatively isolated hometown of Auckland, his love ...


Ginger Berglund & Scott Whitfield: Solitary Moon

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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 ...


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 ...


Ginger Berglund and Scott Whitfield: Solitary Moon

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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 ...


Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: A Wilder Alias

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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 ...


First Time on CD: Sony Masterworks Jazz Releases More Classic Reissues

Masterworks Jazz continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of CTI Records with reissues of four more classic CTI albums available on August 9. Available for the first time on CD are Airto's Fingers, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral's A Wider Alias, Joe Farrell's Outback and Randy Weston's Blue Moses. All four releases have been remastered ...


Ginger & Scott, in Love with Jackie & Roy

Ginger & Scott, in Love with Jackie & Roy

Husband and wife team Ginger Berglund (voice) and Scott Whitfield (voice/trombone/arrangements) have been compared to husband and wife team Jackie Cain and Roy Kral, who happen to be the former couple's biggest influence as a vocal duo. It's only fitting that Ginger & Scott record this loving tip of their hats to Jackie & Roy, to ...