Sunday, July 26, 2015

Storyville Presents Jackie & Roy

One singularly creepy "critical" philosophy attests that female musicians, especially singers, only get breaks because of their attractive looks. The career of Jackie Cain refutes this during its very first important scene. Cain was blonde, 18, and apparently extremely attractive. She had only recently graduated from high school in Milwaukee. The year was 1946, and the pretty lass wanted to be a jazz singer. A friend took her to the big town of Chicago and introduced her to Roy Kral, a pianist and arranger who was going places. He took a good look at her, but according to legend wasn't the least bit interested until he heard her sing.
Cynics can sneer ; career history can be rewritten and distorted, sure, especially when there are details concerning what might or might not have been going on inside someone's mind. At any rate, Cain and Kral liked something about each other, looks and/or music. The duo of Jackie & Roy became one of the most enduring combinations in jazz, beginning in the late '40s when the team began interacting as fellow members of intriguing saxophonist Charlie Ventura's band. The two continued working together, off and on, until Kral's death from congestive heart failure at the age of 80 in 2002. The following year Cain was still going strong, performing at an 85th birthday event for jazz pianist Marian McPartland that also featured greenhorn hitmaker Norah Jones.
The appeal of Jackie & Roy was about voices, but more accurately about voicings. The two vocalists, who became husband and wife in 1949, sang like twin songbirds but with ranges an octave apart. This blend would be effective in any singing style, but was uniquely suited to the style of jazz vocalese. Along with goofy singer Eddie Jefferson, Jackie & Roy were innovators in a type of jazz singing that is distinct from scat singing. While the latter uses nonsense syllables or sheer vocal sounds, jazz vocalese involves writing an actual text of lyrics that can be sung in what hopefully is an exact approximation of a famous jazz instrumental solo. A sense of humor helps a great deal in the creation of enjoyable performances in this style; Cain helped come up with some of the duo's funniest material, such as the pleasantly scented "You Smell Good," a direct contrast to Eddie Jefferson's lyrics to "Filthy McNasty." In the '60s, Cain and hubbie got around to recording material by Paul Simon and Donovan as well as a commercial for Plymouth. By 1990 Cain had appeared on more than 50 recordings. In addition to her singing she has also studied both flute and cello.
Eugene Chadbourne

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/artist/jackie-cain-p23879/biography

Jackie Cain
Roy Kral
Jackie & Roy
Storyville Presents

Tracks

1 Say My Heart (Loesser, Lane)  2:27
2 Let's Take a Walk Around the Block (Arlen, Gershwin, Harburg)  2:36
3 Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most (Wolf)  4:15
4 Mine (Gershwin, Gershwin)  1:54
5 Bill's Bit (Holman)  2:42
6 Lover (Rodgers, Hart)  3:20
7 Tiny Told Me (Kral)  4:08
8 You Smell So Good (Stone, Wolfe)  3:09
9 Lazy Afternoon (Latouche, Moross)  3:18
10 Dahuud [Daahoud] (Brown)  2:25
11 Listen Little Girl (Landesman, Wolfe)  3:30
12 I Wish I Were in Love Again (Rodgers, Hart)  2:49

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Personnel
Jackie Cain - voc
Roy Kral - voc & p
Barney Kessel - g
Red Mitchell - b
Shelly Manne or Frankie Capp - dr

Recorded May 1955

31 comments:

Zape said...

Thanks Mel. I've got this great album earlier but only mp3 with low quality.

blbs said...

I'ts new for me... a big surprise
Thank you Mel!

Blue Eyes said...

Lovely album! thanks a lot Mel!

mel said...

This is strange... I already have this, under the album title "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" - while I have a totally different selection of songs titled "Storyville Presents Jackie And Roy" with the same cover that you have posted.

cvllos said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Tim said...

Thanks Mel. I've got another Jackie & Roy on Storyville that I thought was the only thing they recorded for that label. This is a beautiful record... great songs!

deGallo said...

Jackie & Roy...thank you. I believe I have the same album mel is talking about. Same name as this post but different songs.

Melanchthon said...

Are you talking about an album with Barry Galbraith on guitar ?

blbs said...

Here, the Black Lion version...

http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/pid/1457838/a/Spring+Can+Really+Hang+You+Up+The+Most.htm

Melanchthon said...

I was thinking about this one :

http://jazzrecordscene.com/images/products/batch14/detail/DSC06886.jpg

luthier said...

Thanks Mel for Jackie & Roy. New to me.

JazzFan said...

Very lovely unfairly almost forgot duo. Roy passed away about ten years ago. Thank you for the memory.

FrankDell said...

Saw Jackie & Roy at Baraby Conrad's El Matador in San Fran way, way back in the day. Thank you for this gem, Mel.

jazztap said...

merci

Copacetic47 said...

many many thanks!

rikdias said...

Thank you - am ashamed to say I've only just discovered Jackie and Roy and this a wonderful introduction.

LaroSwing said...

Encore merci melanchthon!

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!!
Very rare and very new to me!!

der bajazzo said...

This is strange... I already have this, under the album title "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" - while I have a totally different selection of songs titled "Storyville Presents Jackie And Roy" with the same cover that you have posted.

fcapeau said...

This was a real great duo ! A great thank you, Mel for this splendid post !

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

Vinyl Record LP said...

Jackie And Roy - The Glory Of Love (1956)

https://mega.co.nz/#!2QpxzAYC!j_JczK0IQyYMpxAMAhkMERkl6REENQiPmjGDLK90X64

Vinyl Record LP said...

More Jackie and Roy Albums

http://jazz-jazz.ru/?category=about_artists&altname=jackie__roy

Melanchthon said...

http://www75.zippyshare.com/v/ZXpCsLfp/file.html
http://www75.zippyshare.com/v/WmUhCvI8/file.html

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

RichardD said...

Fascinating find. Thank you for posting.

wcpaeb said...

Mel, thanks for the FLAC and scans.
Great to have this one since I have their other LP on Storyville.
Pleasantly surprised the zippyshare links still work

wcpaeb said...

PS... Thanks for posting that great profile of them from the one and only Eugene Chadbourne

Anonymous said...

Links have expired! Any chance of re-uploading this? tnx!