The Making of Second Chance - JazzWax

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October 14, 2010


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Doug Zielke

Yet another reason why I make a daily stop at Jazzwax. I wasn't very familiar with Irene Kral, so added "Second Chance" to my collection of downloads. Wonderful, wonderful music especially with the addition of Alan Broadbent on piano. "Misty Roses" (Tim Harden) is seldom heard, let alone sung with such beauty and passion. Having played the album through several times already, I can't imagine not owing this!


The "Dark Ages of tape"? Analog and digital both have their strengths and weaknesses, with a wide range of quality in both idioms. Anyone for 35mm film?


In his review of "Second Chance," Doug Ramsey noted that "Kral's stock in trade was perfection—of intonation, time, feeling, diction and lyric interpretation. She sang with little movement, no show biz mannerisms, nothing resembling schtick." Sounds like she'd have a hard time making it today.

Ian Carey

I used to have "Where is Love" on LP, but this inspired me to download it from Amazon and hear it again. Man, was that the right move. Thanks for reminding me how awesome she was!

(Re: David's comment--I agree it's a bummer that manneristic overload seems to be in ascendancy for aspiring vocalists lately but hopefully the stylistic winds will blow the other way sooner than later...)

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