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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Irene Kral was a gifted singer able to illuminate the essence of each song without a lot of unnecessary frills. Her career, which stretched just over a quarter century prior to her death from cancer in 1978, was a flurry of recording activity following the 1975 release Where Is Love?, a Grammy-nominated duo date with Alan Broadbent that attracted a lot of attention. Sadly, most of her albums lapsed from print following her death, so this previously unreleased live CD, recorded at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego six months after Where Is Love?, is a welcome addition to her discography. Joined by a superb rhythm section consisting of pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Bob ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Irene Kral was a gifted singer able to illuminate the essence of each song without a lot of unnecessary frills. Her career, which stretched just over a quarter century prior to her death from cancer in 1978, was a flurry of recording activity following the 1975 release Where Is Love?, a Grammy-nominated duo date with Alan Broadbent that attracted a lot of attention. Sadly, most of her albums lapsed from print following her death, so this previously unreleased live CD, recorded at the Catamaran Hotel in San Diego six months after Where Is Love?, is a welcome addition to her discography. Joined by a superb rhythm section consisting of pianist Mike Wofford, bassist Bob Magnusson and drummer Tony Marillo, Kral offers a delightful mix of standards, pop songs, obscurities and novelties. She masters Cole Porter's challenging "Experiment" without a slip, delights in the humor of Dave Frishberg's "Wheelers and Dealers" and Fran Landesman's sarcastic "Nice Weather for Ducks," while venturing into current pop with a crisp bossa nova setting of Stevie Wonder's hit "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." But it is hard to top her haunting interpretation of Lionel Bart's "Where Is Love?" (from the musical Oliver!), a moving performance with sensitive backing by Wofford and a delayed entrance by Magnusson and Marillo. This CD represents Irene Kral at her very best and there is another reason for her fans to celebrate: at least one more unissued performance is in Jazzed Media's holdings with plans for a future release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • UPC: 783707883625
  • Catalog Number: 1003
  • Sales rank: 78,381

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irene Kral Primary Artist, Vocals
Mike Wofford Piano
Bob Magnusson Bass, Double Bass
Tony Marillo Drums
Technical Credits
Blossom Dearie Composer
Dave Frishberg Composer
André Previn Composer
Jan Savitt Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Dory Langdon Composer
Ned Miller Composer
Lionel Bart Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Chester Cohn Composer
Benny Krueger Composer
Don Markham Artwork
Cole Porter Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Johanna Vigoda Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Phil Woods Liner Notes
James Gavin Liner Notes
Rod Nicas Engineer, Mastering
Tommy Wolf Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Fran Landesman Composer
Linda Albert Composer
Leah Worth Composer
Johnny Watson Composer
Graham Carter Producer, Audio Production
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