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Vicki Burns

From the album Lotus Blossom Days
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Although vocalist VICKI BURNS specializes in the romantic music of the 20th century, she is not tethered to the Great American Songbook. Her newest album, LOTUS BLOSSOM DAYS, comprises 12 songs, three of which are originals, including “Love Spell” and “Siren Song,” written by Burns, and “You Don’t Have to Believe,” written by her good friend, vocalist Tessa Souter. Of the other tunes, all started life as instrumentals, except for the standards, “This Times the Dream’s on Me,” “Out of This World,” and “Close Your Eyes.”

The album is a showcase for Burns’ appealing three-octave range, gorgeous tone, heartfelt expression, and assured sense of rhythm and dynamics.

LOTUS BLOSSOM DAYS is Burns’ third CD as a leader and follows Live at Anna’s Jazz Island (2008) and Siren Song (2005). Dr Herb Wong wrote, “Avoiding the predictability of safe havens, her music brims with many more surprises and uncharted delights… Vicki Burns is irresistible.”

On LOTUS BLOSSOM DAYS, Burns wanted to chronicle the arc of a love affair, from the early seduction and love to the sadness and bitterness when the relationship doesn’t work out to gaining a perspective that leads to a wider view of love, life, and ultimately happiness.

Vicki Burns is the complete package. She can scat convincingly, swing like a horn, and write hip songs worthy of attention from other vocalists. Burns has not recorded in many years, but LOTUS BLOSSOM DAYS is well worth the wait

“Brilliant vocals by Vicki… She can cast a love spell and she is, after all, quite the siren herself. An amazing range and you can hear the joy, the melancholy, the rapture, the devastation and all are equally convincing. Perhaps that is the final word on such a great talent as Vicki Burns, she is convincing.” — The Jazz Owl by Travis Rogers, Jr. July, 2022

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