All About Jazz – Take Five With Kari Kirkland

Kari Kirkland’s debut album ‘Wild is the Wind’ was produced and arranged by four-time Grammy©-nominee, pianist, composer, and arranger Shelly Berg. He assembled an impressive cast of players for the recording: legendary guitarist Dean Parks, Kevin Axt (Tierney Sutton) on bass, and drummer Gregg Field (Frank Sinatra), with Berg himself on piano. The roster of musicians also include session percussionist Brian Kilgore, three-time Grammy©-winner John Daversa on trumpet, and two-time Grammy©-winner Roy Hargrove on trumpet and flugelhorn. While the presence of jazz greats such as Berg and Hargrove do establish Wild is the Wind as a jazz vocal album, the selection of songs cross musical boundaries, ranging from Adult Contemporary, pop, and blues, with bits of Latin and cabaret adding spice. Kari’s voice is sultry and sensual, gently finding its place among the at-times ethereal, at times straight-ahead swinging arrangements courtesy of Berg.

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