What is your plan w.r.t. DK's music on a CD?I ask to know whether you want to sit there & analyse the music or you want to enjoy the music.
I've listened to most all her works but own only a few CDs that, IMHO, are her best MUSIC & I accept the recording as-is 'cuz the music interests me far more (screw the recording if the music is a drag to listen to!).
One of her better recordings is "Love Scenes" but the music gets very boring very quickly. The missing drums hits me as loudly as a jet taking off! I have to program the CDP to play even or odd or skip every 2 tracks or something like that to get thru this CD. I use the 1st 45 seconds of track 11 very often to test a system's bass response. Better systems show-off the distinct plucking of the stand-up bass strings very easily & rooms treated correctly do not show any bass overhang as the bass notes in the 1st 45 seconds occur rapidly & do not give the system much rest time at all.
AFAIK, Metralla & Howie hit the nail on the head: her older recordings have a far superior band than some of her later recordings.
IMHO, the biggest POS CD is "Live in Paris" - I couldn't get past the 1st 2 tracks. Such lack-luster singing! Pathetic!
The music in "Stepping Out" & "When I Look In Your Eyes" is the best, IMHO. Her band in both CDs is fantastic with John Clayton on bass, Jeff Hamilton on drums & Russ Malone on guitar. Some really good Jazz on "Stepping Out". Get the re-mastered version of this CD.
Music is a very personal choice so what I like, you might not.
Thus, all you other DK fans, don't take my word personally as they are simply "my opinions". Thanks!