Jackie Cain & Roy Kral: Auld Lang Syne


Auld Lang Syne


Jackie Cain & Roy Kral


Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics (Rhino R2 71786)

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Jackie Cain (vocals), Roy Kral (piano, vocals),

John Romano (guitar), Marilyn Beabout (cello), Kenny O’Brien (bass), Elaine O’Brien (drums)


Traditional arranged by Roy Kral and Kenny O’Brien


Recorded: New York, October 6, 1949


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

When three French hens showed up for the gig, they were informed as delicately as possible that the summons had been for three French horns, not hens. They stuck around anyway to hear Jackie & Roy's sextet—which included an equal number of men and women. (In jazz, the French hens knew, gender parity is a rarity.) Jackie & Roy's sprightly rendition of the traditional Scottish ode sung at midnight on New Year's Eve sought to "ring out the old, swing in the new" and encouraged revelers to "bop away at work and play." The French hens clucked their approval, and when the clock struck 12, bopped "Happy New Year!" in perfect 3-part harmony with the rest of the revelers.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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