TY COOPER'S NEW ALBUM IS MADE FOR MARTINIS
Martinis were made for Ty Cooper's new album, “I'm All For You.” Backed by a standard rhythm section and recorded in Sante Fe, New Mexico, Cooper has set down a dozen standards sung with heartfelt loneliness that goes straight to the gut of any guy who spent a lot of time on the road in the 1970s selling stuff or fixing stuff or just stuff, whose every workday ended in the bar at a Holiday Inn by some urban outpost near the freeway.

Back then, Holiday Inn was king of the road, and there was always entertainment in the lounge.

You can have your own image of empty hearts who need a little help to make it through the night, but that is mine. Cooper's voice fills each track with worldly understanding and the shared tenderness that only comes from being there yourself more often than you should.

Somehow she can take songs we've all heard a million times, tweak the phrasing and fill the vowels with so much intuitive understanding you're looking around for more olives. It's better not to analyze it too much.

When's the last time you heard “From This Moment On,” zipping along at a lively pace, and felt like the singer was giving you a free look behind the curtain. A chance to connect with that genuine need for understanding, and at the same time be tapping out the beat and wondering when a special moment will ever come into your own life again.

My personal favorite, “Nobody Loves You (When You're Down and Out)” was written by Jimmy Cox in 1923, nearly 100 years ago. Originally intended to be a cautionary tale inspired by post World War I prosperity, Cooper brings it straight into the stock market crash of 2008, drawing out blues lines until they feel like luxurious leather turning to cheesy vinyl as you order another round.

The iconic “Body and Soul” becomes a taunting reminiscence, like memories of an old girlfriend maybe from high school, trembling and tender then, but where is she now? Where are you now, cynical and sour, with a sore back and little to show for enduring a day of business interview slights and snide comments.

The genius of the album “I'm All for You” is the hope Cooper always stirs in there, too. Martini drinkers of a certain age, women as well as men, know they are survivors. So is Cooper.

She loved those songs before she loved rock 'n' roll. She still loves those songs. Some others on this CD include “You've Changed,” “That's All,” “I Wish You Love,” “You Don't Know What Love Is/ Cry Me A River” and “I Remember You.”

No matter how many times you listen, there will be something more to discover. Just like watching those film noir classics of understated desire that explodes with the first drop of any clothing, so will this album reveal its deeper feelings.

To keep in touch with Ty and this album, visit “Ty Cooper – Jazz Vocalist Extraordinaire” on Facebook. Then order a copy.