Wild Is the Wind (Slea Head Records KR 236), a new double 45rpm record by vocalist Kari Kirkland, skirts the Diana Krall template musically—she looks the part, too, though with darker hair. I’m sure this will be all over the next audio show, whenever that happens, because it’s musically excellent, features great covers (Steely Dan’s “Do It Again,” Labrinth’s “Jealous,” Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”) and great players (Roy Hargrove, Dean Parks, and others). Plus, it’s well recorded at United Recorders and, oh, Ms. Kirkland can sing, and despite the musical similarities her voice does not sound like Diana Krall’s.

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