In 1999, the husband and wife jazz vocal team Jackie Cain and Roy Kral will be celebrating 50 years of performing and their golden wedding anniversary. One could be forgiven for thinking their latest would be a summing up or looking back. Forgiven but still sadly mistaken. On the evidence of the Brazilian flavored THE BEAUTIFUL SEA, this remarkable, ever youthful couple is as musically inventive, witty, romantic and able to create moments of sheer vocal beauty as they ever were.
THE BEAUTIFUL SEA features "songs of sun, sand and sea," as the complete title tells us. Some tracks are quite ancient, like 1914's "By The Beautiful Sea" and Frank Loesser's "On A Slow Boat To China," which was a hoary old standard even when Charlie Parker fooled around with it in be-bop's heyday. The Krals seamlessly integrate these tunes with jazz originals like Herbie Hancock's "Dolphin Dance" and Mark Murphy's "Song Of The Boy And The Dolphins," the latter a tour-de-force riding an unfolding wave of melody and bossa nova rhythms.