It’s been more than a quarter century since one of the all-time great jazz voices was silenced far too abruptly when Irene Kral succumbed to breast cancer at age 46. Despite a career that spanned three decades, she left behind a disappointingly brief discography. Fortunately, Kral aficionados can now expand the limited CD shelf space allocated to such works of art as 1958’s The Band and I, 1963’s Better Than Anything, 1974’s incomparable Where Is Love?, the pricey Japanese reissue of 1976’s Live in Tokyo and 1977’s Kral Space (all still available and worth digging for). Just for Now (Jazzed Media), capturing Kral at her peek, features 13 never-before-released tracks recorded live in San Diego in June 1975.
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