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Irene Kral: Live

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One of the longest surviving historical venues on the west coast is Pete Douglas’ no-profit Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society at Half Moon Bay, south of San Francisco. Since May 1966, jazz guardian Douglas has hosted over 1000 jazz musicians at his inviting beach house on Monday nights. The spirited atmosphere and personable presentation enhance the evening’s musical pleasures.

From its archives come several interesting titles on the Just Jazz label. Among them is Kral’s recording, which illustrates her superb talent as a jazz singer. Her flawless technique and exquisite taste is always evident as she gets to the heart of meaningful lyrics, such as those written by Johnny Mercer for Jimmy Rowles’ “Don’t Quit Now.” Her duos with pianist Alan Broadbent also reveal a rare level of simpatico, distinguished by daring and sophistication. Frank De La Rosa and Benny Barth are on the trio tunes. All of the music was recorded in 1977, a year before cancer claimed Kral.

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