Karen Oberlin | Live At the Algonquin: the Songs of Frank Loesser

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Live At the Algonquin: the Songs of Frank Loesser

by Karen Oberlin

This is the first live album of the exquisite voice of a premier interpreter of the American Songbook, described by Rex Reed as "thrilling," and The NY Times as having "impeccable style and musical intelligence," recorded at the legendary Oak Room.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Pop
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1. If I Were a Bell
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2. Lovelier Than Ever
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3. Why Fight The Feeling?
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4. My Time of Day
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5. Love Isn't Born (It's Made)
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6. Heart and Soul/I WIsh I Didn't Love You So
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7. Traveling Light/Wanting to Be Wanted
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8. Hamlet
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9. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
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10. Spoken Intro: Animals
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11. The Inch Worm/Snug As a Bug in a Rug
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12. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
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13. Spoken Intro: I Believe in You
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14. I Believe in You
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15. More I Cannot Wish You
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Album Notes
Multi award-winning Oberlin received these raves, among others, for her three-week engagement at the legendary Oak Room at the Algonquin, when this CD was recorded:

“Karen Oberlin is a demure pop-jazz singer who radiates a subdued glamour… Beyond having a pretty voice, poise and interpretive insight, Ms. Oberlin is a thorough researcher who placed many of the songs in a historical or personal context… A smart, polished show.” -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“A Christmas tree angel named Karen Oberlin is lighting up the Algonquin’s Oak Room with a show that sends you out humming. I loved the bebop jawbreakers, and she excels on the love songs. Subtle, elegant and musically spot on, the lovely Ms. Oberlin is such a welcome addition to the often noisy and pointless cabaret scene that one can even imagine her accompanied by a celesta without causing the slightest hint of boredom. She’s a keeper.” – Rex Reed, New York Observer

“How would you like your own private one-to-one performance by a sophisticated singer? All right, so there are other people with you in the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel. But everyone seems to fade away as Karen Oberlin has a love affair with the music and lyrics she has chosen and sings so intimately that it’s as if her songs are meant only for you. She sets the bar for her purity of tone and interpretation at the outset with “If I Were a Bell” from “Guys and Dolls,” sung with utmost clarity and attention to detail. She liltingly sings such ballads as “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You” (music in this case by Jule Styne), “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” from “Guys and Dolls,” and “I Wish I Didn’t Love You So” from the 1947 film “Perils of Pauline.” Honoring the prolific composer and lyricist could not be in better hands.” – William Wolf, William Wolf’s Entertainment Guide

"Her voice warms like melting butter to infuse her love songs with emotion and passion. With shades of the whispery Doris Day intimacy, she luxuriates over the long lines and romantic intent of "Wanting to Be Wanted", an intense song cut from Most Happy Fella just before its New York opening... With her warmth and introspection, Frank Loesser's songs come to us as fresh and contemporary as the annual question, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?". Karen Oberlin has followed a straight upward path since she began her career. In a three-week engagement in the Oak Room, she proves her audiences were right and her critical acclaim is well-deserved." -- Elizabeth Ahlfors, Curtainup.com

“Like a breath of spring, Karen Oberlin’s lush vocal renditions of the songs of one of America’s foremost writers of the American theater filled the air of the historic Oak Room. Oberlin, always in control, cleverly weaves lyrical wonders whether it’s a sensitive and plaintive “I Don’t Want to Walk Without You” (music by Jule Styne) or a meticulously sung novelty, “Hamlet” (1949 film: Red, Hot and Blue). Musical Director Jon Weber, skillful in his accompaniment and arranging, added vocal counterpoint to a sultry “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” From Pulitzer Prize winner How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (slated for a Broadway revival in 2011), Oberlin showed off flawless styling on “I Believe in You.” A mix of pop and jazz with an easy delivery, it feels as if she hugs each lyric, Oberlin is joyous to behold.” – Sandi Durell, Cabaret Scenes Magazine

Please also refer to:

www.mirandamusic.com and www.karenoberlin.com



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