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Liza Minnelli’s new album “Confessions” out today!

Liza Minnelli, still a dynamo at age 64, poses with collaborator  and Grammy winner Billy Stritch, who will accompany her at a Sept. 29  concert at Portland's Merrill Auditorium. The photo was taken this  summer to coincide with the release of her latest album,  "Confessions."

CD cover - photo credit Ruven Afanador-200.jpgAt 64 years old, Liza Minnelli is still surprising us.

The icon has been healthy and in good form for several years now after bouts with addiction, health crisis and an ill-advised marriage to David Gest.

Her positive spirit and energy is apparent in Confessions, her first non-cast studio album in nearly 15 years which went on sale today.

It’s a collection of spare, mostly piano-driven ballads delivered with an understated warmth and intimacy that USA Today says may surprise both skeptics and the faithful.

“This is jazz singing,” Minnelli tells the paper. “I wanted to do an album that you could put on at a dinner party, where people wouldn’t have to stop to hear me hit a big note. It wasn’t about screaming my head off; it was about grooving on it and enjoying it.”

Confessions was recorded while Liza was recovering from surgery for an injured knee, “so we wanted everything to be really comfortable.” Working with longtime accompanist Billy Stritch, she compiled a track list that includes oft-covered standards such as I Got Lost in His Arms and At Last but also digs deeper into the American songbook, mining lesser-known personal favorites.

This Heart of Mine was performed by Fred Astaire in the 1946 musical Ziegfeld Follies which was directed by Liza’s Oscar-winning father, Vincente Minnelli and If I Had You was heard as background music in Vincente Minnelli’s wartime melodrama The Clock, which starred Liza’s mother — Judy Garland.

Liza is promoting the heck out of the disc appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show today. Here is video of that appearance:

Other scheduled TV appearances include Good Morning America (Oct. 1), The View (Oct. 5), Larry King Live (Oct. 5) and CNN International’s Connect The World (Oct. 6).

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