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Better Than Anything

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Album Review

This CD reissues a formerly rare Irene Kral album that was originally recorded for the Ava label, one of only two records that she recorded during 1960-1973. Kral is quite recognizable, although not singing with quite the emotional intensity that she would display during her final three albums (which are all classics). Joined by pianist Junior Mance, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker (whose name is misspelled Rocker), Kral was already a delightful singer. Best are her versions of "Better Than Anything," "The Meaning of the Blues," "It's a Wonderful World," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," and "Nobody Else But Me." This enjoyable set is available through the Spanish Fresh Sound label.

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This is Always

Wow, wow, wow. Why Irene Kral wasn't a bigger star is beyond me. There is not one track on this album that is less than stallar. Thanks to Clint Eastwood for introducing me to Ms. Kral on the soundtrack of Bridges of Madison County. If you love vocal jazz, you'll love Irene Kral.

Better Than Anything, Irene Kral with Junior Mance
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