Irene Kral

Better than Anything, with the Junior Mance Trio

Fresh Sound Records

Personnel:
Irene Kral (vcl), Junior Mance (p), Bob Cranshaw (b), Mickey Roker (d)

Reference: FSRCD 330

Bar code: 8427328603300

Tracklisting:
01. Better Than Anyting (Loughborough-Wheat) 2:22
02. The Touch of Your Lips (Ray Noble) 2:20
03. The Meaning of the Blues (Troup-Worth) 3:08
04. Rock Me to Sleep (Carter-Vandervoort) 2:19
05. No More (Camarata-Russell) 3:09
06. Passing By (Hess-Misraki-Trenet-Lawrence) 1:52
07. It's A Wonderful World (Adamson-Savitt-Watson) 2:31
08. This is Always (Warren-Gordon) 3:21
09. Just Friends (Lewis-Klenner) 2:37
10. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry (Cahn-Styne) 3:33
11. Nobody Else But Me (Kern-Hammerstein II) 1:53

Originally released on ÄVA Records (A 33)

Personnel:
Irene Kral (vocals), Junior Mance (piano), Bob Cranshaw (bass), Mickey Roker (drums).
Recorded at World-Pacific Studios, Hollywood, California, on June 17 & 18, 1963

Sound engineer: Richard Bock
Photography: Fred Seligo
Design: Richter & Mracky Dessign Associates
Liner notes: Tommy Wolf

Recording sessions produced by Joe Burnett
Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol
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Review:

"This CD reissues a formerly rare Irene Kral album that was originally recorded for the Ava label, one of only two records that she recorded during 1960-1973. Kral is quite recognizable, although not singing with quite the emotional intensity that she would display during her final three albums (which are all classics). Joined by pianist Junior Mance, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Mickey Roker (whose name is misspelled Rocker), Kral was already a delightful singer. Best are her versions of "Better Than Anything," "The Meaning of the Blues," "It's a Wonderful World," "Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry," and "Nobody Else But Me." This enjoyable set is available through the Spanish Fresh Sound label."

Scott Yanow -All Music Guide

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$11.12  (tax incl.)

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