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Live in New York

by Charles Cochran

“. . .a first-rate repertoire of out-of-the way show tunes, intimate jazz, and ballads that only a born-and-bred New York song maven would know.”---James Gavin
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Other Side of the Tracks
4:11 album only
2. My How the Time Goes By
4:05 album only
3. Lucky to Be Me
5:10 album only
4. Spoken intro to:
1:23 album only
5. Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun
4:11 album only
6. I Was a Little Too Lonely
3:09 album only
7. Here's That Rainy Day
5:45 album only
8. Spoken intro to:
0:57 album only
9. I Love You Again
4:39 album only
10. Spoken intro to:
0:28 album only
11. Miss Johnson Phoned Again Today
3:11 album only
12. Birmingham
2:52 album only
13. I Thought About You
5:39 album only
14. Dream Dancing
5:17 album only
15. Intro of bassist Steve Gilmore
0:26 album only
16. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
3:35 album only
17. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
3:14 album only


Album Notes
Here is Fred Astaire on the subject of singer-pianist Charles Cochran in 1963:

“I think one of the main reasons for Charlie Cochran's success is his devotion to his art. It seems that he takes hold of a song as if he owns it... its story and lyrics as well as its musical values. Charlie is instinctively a young man of good taste and good manners. He works because he enjoys it. He really loves to sing and in order to do so to his personal satisfaction, he travels extensively, appearing in night clubs at various ends of this country and abroad. He has acquired a large following since his entry into the professional ranks about 5 years ago.

For sometime now, I have admired the Cochran style and was extremely pleased when we were able to sign him for AVA Records.

Cochran is particular and decisive about his choice of song material. He has chosen most of the numbers in this album because he can hardly resist singing them. I hope people will buy it for the same reason.”

And now flash forward to 2005 and Rex Reed in the New York Observer:

“With so much angst, the best anti-depressant is music. Charles Cochran, an esteemed pianist and saloon singer who used to be a staple on the Manhattan club scene when the word “cabaret” only existed in the basements of Berlin, is back in circulation at Danny’s on West 46th Street, where he is holding court every Sunday and Monday night through May. He takes you back to the sublimely balmy midnight hours when chic song stylists peppered and salted intimate watering troughs all over town, and taxis didn’t cost half the rent to get you there. Retirement in Palm Beach hasn’t cost him any I.Q. points. His songs are stylish and sophisticated, and so is he.

Up-tempo tunes are usually fillers inserted by performers who fear their audiences will grow drowsy from too many ballads. Mr. Cochran doesn’t waste your time: His love songs are treasures . . .When he picks up the pace, it’s with obscure gems like Irving Berlin’s “Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun” and Cy Coleman’s “On the Other Side of the Tracks.” The stories he tells are the reminiscences of days when you could rent a penthouse with a grand piano for $350 a month. The names he drops are Laurette Taylor, Mabel Mercer and Hedy Lamarr. He brings tears to the most jaded eyes. He makes you want to live the lyrics. . . Put Charles Cochran on your calendar, and learn something.”

In between, in 1983, here’s what the great Jeri Southern had to say about Cochran:

“Charles Cochran sings with a purity and straightforwardness that are rarely heard these days, always paying attention to the lyric and observing its most subtle meanings and nuances.

His impeccable musicianship is clearly apparent in his intonation, phrasing, time, and control. The voice is gorgeous (and he uses it beautifully), but he never sacrifices the lyrical interpretation to make us aware of it---a temptation to any singer of lesser taste and discernment.

In short, I think Charles is a great artist and best of all, I guess, is that every time I hear him sing I feel that it’s just for me---I think you’ll feel that way too.”

This is Cochran’s sixth album in as many decades. It just might be his best! Recorded in New York, with bassist Steve Gilmore, at Danny's Skylight Room, 2003



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Harold D. Catling

charles cochran live in new york
excellent cd..I own all six of his albums.vinyl and cd..his style is very relaxed and his interpretative ability almost non existent amongst contempory singers.

Neal Hightower

Hi Charlie!
Would love to get an update. Hope you are well!

Graham Garner

For all lovers of cabaret
Charles Cochran is a consummate cabaret entertainer and this CD couldn't be more welcome. Like all the best saloon performers, he seems all the more vibrant when recorded live, particularly when the engineering is as good as here. Cochran is a singer of great warmth and intimacy, and he has a classy selection of songs which could do with more attention. Cole Porter's "Dream Dancing" is a romantic gem which never seems overplayed, and Mr Cochran's performance is spot-on. "Falling Out of Love Can Be Fun" is a rediscovered (and racy) Berlin treasure, and "Lucky to be Me" has never been more affecting. In fact, the whole programme is beautifully assembled and delivered. Mr Cochran and his bassist conjour a world of New York nights that go on forever, where heartbreak, hope and happiness are all worthy of a stylish song or two.