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Where Is Love?

Irene Kral

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Album Review

This 1996 CD reissues a classic set originally cut for the Choice label, a program of ballads exquisitely interpreted by singer Irene Kral and pianist Alan Broadbent. The tempos are all quite slow, but the emotional yet cool intensity given by Kral and Broadbent means that there are no slow moments. Among the songs given definitive and memorable treatment are Blossom Dearie's "I Like You, You're Nice" and Bob Dorough's "Love Came on Stealthy Fingers," "Never Let Me Go," and especially "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most." This is a haunting program, Irene Kral's best; it sticks in one's memory long afterwards and can be considered one of the finest sets of ballads ever recorded. Essential music.

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Best jazz vocals ever, no joke

I cannot say enough good things about this record. I would give it 10 stars if I could. I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that on this record you will find the best jazz vocals ever. It is haunting and gorgeous. Alan Broadbent's piano accompaniment is spot-on. Spring Can Really Hang You Up, as done here, is definitive, THE rendition you want if you want to understand that song. It is a terrible tragedy that Ms Kral died of cancer at age 46; it's nearly impossible for me to imagine the fact that she might have gone on to record albums even more beautiful than this. If you love jazz vocals, do not hesitate another second. This record changed my life, and it will change yours too for the better.

Greatest album...still distorted!

THe first reviewer is spot on. Except-her voice still distorts in the exact spots that it did on vinyl--which maybe tells us this is not a transfer from the master tape, but from vinyl, or that the master tape has distortion on it (cf. end of 'Spring'). Which is too bad, but I'm just glad to have this wonderful music back!

Irene gives me goosebumps

If there was ever a vocalist and a choice of standards to sit and listen in a candle lit room with a girl friend this is it.

Biography

Born: January 18, 1932 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s

A superb ballad singer who always put both plenty of emotion and subtlety into her often haunting interpretations, Irene Kral stood near the top of her field during her shortened life. The younger sister of singer/pianist Roy Kral (of Jackie & Roy), she debuted as a singer with the Jay Burkhardt Big Band. Freelancing in Chicago (including with a vocal group called the Tattle-Tales), Kral spent nine months singing with Maynard Ferguson's big band in 1957. Next up was an association with Herb Pomeroy's...
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