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Hey Eugene CD (2007)

Artist: Pink Martini

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Pink Martini--the genre-bending, best-selling, supremely talented, and raucously fun twelve-piece ensemble that The New Yorker calls simply "beautiful," "sophisticated," and "breathtaking"--returns with Hey Eugene!, a twelve-track sonic journey anchored by deft songwriting and a no-holds-barred dose of cabaret showmanship. "We're kind of like musical archaeologists, bringing melodies and rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something that is modern," explains bandleader, artistic director, and founder Thomas Lauderdale.

Delivered with sultry grace by lead singer China Forbes, Hey Eugene! shines throughout--from the golden-era Hollywood melody of "Everywhere" to the French cabaret of "Ojala." Other collaborations anchor the set as well: the pan-world "Dosvedanya, Mio Bombino" with its Latin-meets-Russian beat and globetrotting subject matter, plus the Forbes-Lauderdale-penned sexy sway of "City of Night." Peruvian percussionist Martin Zarzar debuts the romantically complex "Mar Desconocido" and bassist Phil Baker adds the quiet beauty of "Cante e Dance." The group also mines the past for hidden gems, including the Japanese-language track "Taya Tan" and their first-ever recording in Arabic, "Bukra wba'do." Meanwhile, clever lyricism leads to an empowering dose of pop perfection on the title track by Forbes (about a boy she met at a party who asked for her number and never called). Finally, jazz legend Jimmy Scott makes a stunning vocal guest appearance in a duet with Forbes on the closing song "Tea for Two."

With Hey Eugene! Pink Martini has returned with an exhilarating album full of uncompromising musicianship, hope, beauty, and joy!

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Label Allegro Corporation
SKU 204408484
UPC 723721289454
UPC 14 00723721289454
Format CD
Release Date 5/15/2007
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Author Pink Martini
Credits
Congas, Percussion Brian Davis
Vocals China Forbes
Guitar Dan Faehnle
Percussion Derek Rieth
Trumpet Gavin Bondy
Vocals Jimmy Scott
Drums Martin Zarzar
Harp Maureen Love
Violin Nicholas Crosa
Violin Paloma Griffin
Cello Pansy Chang
Bass Phil Baker
Trombone Robert Taylor
Piano Thomas M. Lauderdale
Vocals, Percussion Timothy Nishimoto
Artist Bio
Pink MartiniThe Portland, Oregon-based ?little orchestra? was founded in 1994 by Lauderdale, a Harvard graduate and classically trained pianist, to play political fundraisers for progressive causes such as civil rights, the environment, affordable housing and public broadcasting. In the years following Pink Martini grew from four musicians to its current twelve, and has gone on to perform its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada and the United States.Lauderdale met China Forbes, Pink Martini?s ?diva next door? lead vocalist, when the pair was at Harvard. He was studying history and literature while she was studying painting, English literature and theatre. Late into the night in their college dormitory on the Harvard campus, Forbes would sing Verdi and Puccini arias while Lauderdale accompanied her on piano, and their creative collaboration blossomed. Three years later, Lauderdale called Forbes who was living in New York City, where she?d been writing songs and playing guitar in her own folk-rock project, and asked her to join Pink Martini. They began to write music and lyrics together for the band, and their first song ?Sympathique,? or ?Je ne veux pas travailler? (I don?t want to work) became a huge hit in France.The ensemble made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival and its orchestral debut with the Oregon Symphony in 1998 under the direction of Norman Leyden. Pink Martini has since performed with symphony orchestras across the country including four night nights with the Boston Pops in 2005, multiple concerts with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in 2000, two nights with the Los Angeles Philharmonic on a co-bill with Sergio Mendes in 2002 and two nights headlining with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2005. Other prestigious appearances include the grand opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic?s new Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall, with return sold-out engagements for New Year?s Eve 2003 and 2004; the opening party of the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Kennedy Center and the William Morris Agency?s 100th birthday celebration with soul legend, Al Green.
Product Attributes
Artist Pink Martini
Label Allegro Corporation
Music Format Compact Disc
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The New York Times ...sophistication backed by skillful arrangements...Ms. Forbes is an unpretentious, pitch-perfect chanteuse...
The New Yorker ...beautiful and sophisticated...breathtaking.
Variety Impressive at every musician's station, this ensemble produces music that's charming and elegant.

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