Just for Now

Just for Now

by Irene Kral


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/06/2004
Label: Jazzed Media
UPC: 0783707883625
catalogNumber: 1003
Rank: 131140

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
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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