Live at Anna's Jazz Island
Burns is no one-trick pony either. On Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago" and Billie Holiday's "Billie's Blues," she demonstrates that a white girl from Maine can bring the sassy blues mama attitude when she's got a mind to be one. Burns is equally at ease when the mood calls for her to be sophisticated, sleek and suave ("You Don't Know Me," "All or Nothing at All," "Darn That Dream"). Her scatting isn't bad either, as she gives as good as she gets in a duet with guest vocalist Adam Blankman on "Bille's Bounce."
If there's any complaint to be made about Live at Anna's Jazz Island, it's that Burns' band is serviceable if not remarkable. Guitarist John Nichols and bassist Sam Bevan, in particular, have several bright moments, but Burns is ready to take the next step up in musicians to accompany her.
Vicki Burns is poised to break out to wider recognition as the next decade begins. She lives up to her surname; she burns the mutha out.
Track Listing: Polkadots and Moonbeams; Meditation; Sweet Home Chicago; Billie's Bounce; No More Blues; You Don't Know Me; Honeysuckle Rose/Scrapple From the Apple; All or Nothing at All; Billie's Blues; Darn That Dream; Deed I Do.
Personnel: Vicki Burns: vocals; John Nichols: guitar; Sam Bevan: bass; Smith Dobson: drums; Nika Rejto: flute (8); Mary Ellen Donald: Arabic tambourine (2); Adam Blankman: vocals (4).
Record Label: Self Produced
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