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Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions

As a jazz vocalist you are faced with the decision to present your own compositions or songs from the American Songbook. The first testifies to creativity, the latter is more popular but also more challenging. However it exposes you to the comparison and competition with a wide variety of other artists.

Singer Kiki Ebsen has chosen the American Songbook, to honor the memory of her father, the great actor Buddy Ebsen. Scarecrow Sessions stands out because of its cultural diversity and professionalism of the musicians involved. John Patitucci (bass), Henry Hey (piano and organ), Chuck Loeb (electric and acoustic guitars), Clint de Ganon (drums) and David Mann on saxophone and flute.

Kiki comments꞉ “The songs included are taken from my father’s career in movies and musicals, songs he loved, and his original works″. The album opens with You Don’t Know What Love Is, originally sung by Carol Bruce for the Abbott and Costello picture Keep ‘Em Flying. You learn to appreciate the value of a treasure only when it is lost. The bittersweet of this knowledge is internalized by Kiki with sensuous voice.

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Kiki Ebsen – Scarecrow Sessions

ScarecrowSessionsSinger-songwriter Kiki Ebsen stubbornly refused her famous father’s repeated suggestions to learn how to sing jazz standards. Rebelliously she insisted upon forging her own path as a solo artist and accompanying keyboardist-vocalist with a bevy of A-list pop stars. Eleven years after the passing of her dad, actor Buddy Ebsen, Kiki will pay tribute by releasing exactly the type of collection he fervently urged her to record, “Scarecrow Sessions” on September 30 on the Painted Pony Media label. The material comes from The Great American Songbook, a stunning original (“Missing You”) penned by the song and dance man turned movie and television star, and songs associated with his career, including an ill-fated starring role in “The Wizard Of Oz.” The first single prefacing the acoustic jazz set produced by David Mann, “If I Only Had A Brain,” is the No. 2 most added radio single this week.

“We are losing the iconic talents many of us grew up with. By recording these songs, I hope not only to honor my father’s memory and his love of jazz, but to create a musical statement that is truly my own. I’m connecting his past to my present in a way that will no doubt leave me forever changed,” said Ebsen, who completed the album as a Father’s Day offering after a successful Kickstarter campaign. “Through this journey I have discovered my voice. A simple yet beautiful tone that emanates from a true place in my heart; a place of lightness and ease.”

Front and center throughout the collection is Ebsen’s classically-trained voice that sounds like it was born to sing jazz – warm, elegant, supple, pretty and passionate. She recorded in New York City finding inspiration while strolling the same streets that her father roamed during his Vaudeville days. Ebsen is accompanied by a first-rate ensemble featuring some of the Big Apple’s best players such as Chuck Loeb (electric and acoustic guitars), John Patitucci (acoustic and electric bass), Henry Hey (piano and organ), Clint de Ganon (drums) and Mann on saxophone and flute. Live strings add grace and emotional depth to the proceedings. Continue reading