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Irene Kral

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 Orchestra. After getting married and settling in Los Angeles, Kral did not work for a while. However, from 1974-1977, she recorded three exquisite albums for Choice and Catalyst, including two duet sets with pianist Alan Broadbent (Where Is Love and Gentle Rain), that are considered classics; her rendition of "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" is definitive. Sadly, Irene Kral was struck down by cancer at the height of her career at age 46. Her recordings (for United Artists in 1959, a 1963 date for Ava, a Mainstream session in 1965, and the Choice and Catalyst albums) are all currently out of print, although a live set from September 1977 put out by Just Jazz in the mid-'90s is available on CD. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Melt Like Butter

1. Here I Go Again

2. Hold Your Head High

3. This Life We've Led

4. Wonderful Life

5. Goin' to California

6. Nothing Like You

7. There Is No Right Way

8. Mad at the World

9. I've Never Been Anything

10. Is It over Baby

11. Sometime Ago

12. There Are Days

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Track List: You Are There

1. Watch What Happens (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

2. If Love Were All (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

3. Emily (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

4. Wheelers and Dealers (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

5. What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

6. Mad About the Boy (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

7. The Underdog (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

8. You Were There (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

9. A Child Is Born (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

10. The Shadow of Your Smile (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

11. A Time for Love (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

12. The Winds of Heaven (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

13. A Noel Coward Medley: I'll Follow My Secret Heart / Someday I'll Find You / I'll See You Again (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

14. Small Day Tomorrow (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

15. Pieces of Dreams (Little Boy Lost) (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

16. Unlit Room (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

17. Summer Me, Winter Me (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

18. Love Came on Stealthy Fingers (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

19. A Room with a View (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

20. Nothing Like You (An Extravagant Love Song) (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

21. You Are There (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

22. I Like It Here (And Here Is Where I'll Stay) (feat. Loonis McGlohon, Terry Lassiter & Jim Lackey)

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Track List: Second Chance

1. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes

2. Second Chance

3. Something To Remember You By

4. Misty Roses

5. A Time For Love / Small World Isn't It'

6. Oh You Crazy Moon

7. Never Let Me Go

8. It Isn't So Good It Couldn't Get Better

9. Sometime Ago

10. Unlit Room

11. Star Eyes

12. This Masquerade

13. Something In Your Smile / When I Look In Your Eyes

14. Nobody Else But Me

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Track List: Kral Space

1. Wheelers And Dealers

2. Star Eyes

3. It Isn't So Good It Couldn't Get Better

4. Once Upon Another Time

5. Experiment

6. Small Day Tomorrow

7. Some Time Ago

8. It's Nice Weather For Ducks

9. Everytime We Say Goodbye

10. The Song Is You

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Track List: Live

1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

2. Small Day Tomorrow

3. The Touch Of Your Lips

4. Don't Quit Now

5. Gentle Rain

6. Never Let Me Go

7. Sunday

8. Here's That Rainy Day

9. I Like You, You're Nice

10. You Are There

11. I Love You

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Track List: The Gentle Rain

1. The Gentle Rain

2. The Underdog

3. You Are There

4. Something To Live For

5. If You Could See Me Now

6. What's New

7. The Antique Medley (What's Old): Remember/Someday I'll Find You/I'll See You Again/All Alone

8. Blue Gardenia

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Track List: Where Is Love?

1. I Like You, You're Nice

2. When I Look In Your Eyes

3. A Time For Love / Small World

4. Love Came On Stealthy Fingers

5. Never Let Me Go

6. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most

7. Lucky To Be Me / Some Other Time

8. Where Is Love?

9. Don't Look Back

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Track List: The Band And I

1. I'd Know You Anywhere

2. Detour Ahead

3. Comes Love

4. Everybody Knew But Me

5. Lazy Afternoon

6. What's Right For You

7. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

8. Memphis In June

9. This Little Love

10. The Night We Called It A Day

11. It Isn't So Good

12. Something To Remember You By

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I was fortunate to see/hear Irene in person with Allen Broadbent at the Mocambo in SF in early 1978 with Carmen McRae and Mark Murphy in the audience! So fortunate and what an evening...
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Love Pandora so many great artists I'm discovering Irene rock's
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wish I had discovered her earlier..she ranks among the greats...gla d to have found her!
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just discover her. great voice!
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Love her style!
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one of the best.....

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