Irene Kral was not just another jazz singer. She had a delicate style, yet every note was placed with
deliberate aim, and she always hit her mark with unerring accuracy. She had a brilliant flair for picking
tasty, little-known material, often by up and coming young, jazz-influenced songwriters. She recorded
only a small number of albums, often on small, jazz labels and she never sang in a show-off way,
never scatted, never belted or raunched out her voice. Most aficionados of female vocalists have never
heard of her, and she remains largely forgotten in the jazz history books. Yet her work deserves to be
searched out, for her intimate style and purity of tone.
Irene Kral was born to Czechoslovakian parents on Jan