Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Let's Have A Kiki (Music Review: Kiki Ebsen, Scarecrow Sessions)

I thought the name Kiki Ebsen sounded familiar, so I googled it. She is the daughter of Buddy Ebsen. Mr. Ebsen was the original Scarecrow for "the Wizard Of oz" but got allergic to the makeup. Perhaps people associat him more from the television show "the Beverly Hilbillies," though, or from his brief role in "Breakfast At Tiffany's."  In anye vent, "Scarecrow Sessions" is Ms. Ebsen's tribute to her father, and it is peppered with standards that are kind of associated with him. For example, "If I Only had A Brain."  And "moon River." Ms. Ebsen posses a nice smooth voice, if a bit too vanilla. She breezes through these songs with assured competence, and I really cannot complain. At the same time, it didn't really wake me up. The one original song, "Missing You" was unmemorable. The rest sounded like something you would hear from the W Hotel lounge. They are good at the time, but forgettable.

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