Text in englischer Sprache verfügbarThe eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds of Pink Martini have never been easy to categorize, but that hasn't prevented the Portland, Oregon-based band from acquiring a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Pink Martini have offered a risk-taking blend of jazz (mainly swing), world music, cabaret, lounge, and '40s-'50s film music, with influences ranging from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to French icon Edith Piaf to Latin greats such as Xavier Cugat, Beny Moré, and Tito Puente. Music from around the world has also inspired them, including French chanson, Afro-Cuban salsa, Argentinian tango, Brazilian samba and bossa nova, Italian folk, Greek rembetiko, Middle Eastern music, and Asian music. Impressively, Pink Martini's lead singer, China Forbes (b. April 29, 1970, Cambridge, Massachusetts), has performed in at least ten different languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Greek, Arabic, and Japanese. In 2004, Pink Martini founder/pianist Thomas M. Lauderdale (b. July 14, 1970, Oakland, California) articulated the band's global outlook perfectly when he said: "I think it's important to be a citizen of the world as opposed to being a citizen of this particular country. Part of that means studying other people's languages." Lauderdale formed Pink Martini in 1994, hiring Forbes as the band's lead singer the following year. Neither Lauderdale nor Forbes is a native of Portland; Forbes, who grew up in Cambridge, met Lauderdale when both of them were attending Harvard University in the late '80s (she graduated in 1992). And Lauderdale lived in California and Indiana as a kid, although he spent his teens in Portland and moved back to Portland not long after graduating from Harvard. Forbes recorded a solo album, Love Handle, in 1995, but Pink Martini quickly became her main focus. Other members of Pink Martini have included Gavin Bondy on trumpet, Robert Taylor on trombone, Phil Baker on acoustic bass, Nicholas Crosa on violin, Brian Lavern Davis on drums and percussion, Timothy Nishimoto on percussion and vocals, and Derek Rieth and Martín Zarzar on percussion. Pink Martini's debut album, Sympathique, was released on their own independent label, Heinz Records, in 1997; they went on to release their second album, Hang on Little Tomato, on Heinz in 2004 and their third album, Hey Eugene!, on Heinz in 2007. The following year, Heinz released Forbes' second solo album, '78, which was a major departure from her work with Pink Martini and favored an introspective adult alternative approach along the lines of Natalie Merchant and Sarah McLachlan. The year 2009 was a busy one for the band, with the concert DVD Discover the World: Live in Concert, which showed how Pink Martini spent most of their 2008, arriving that summer and the album Splendor in the Grass, which featured collaborations with Chavela Vargas and the Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor, appearing that fall. In 2010 they released the swellegant holiday album Joy to the World, which featured revered Japanese singer Saori Yuki. The band collaborated with Saori again on the following year's 1969, a collection of interpretations of that year's most memorable songs. Sessions for their sixth release began in January 2012 and included a cover of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" featuring Phyllis Diller, who sadly passed away that summer. The results, Get Happy, arrived in 2013. Pink Martini then collaborated with Sofia, Melanie, Amanda, and August von Trapp, the great-grandchildren of the von Trapp family, whose escape from the Nazis inspired The Sound of Music. Dream a Little Dream, a mix of standards and original songs, was released in March 2014. That August, the band mourned the passing of conga player and percussionist Derek Rieth; a memorial drum parade was held in his honor that September. In 2016, Pink Martini returned with new music in the form of Je de Oui!, which included guest appearances by Rufus Wainwright, Ari Shapiro, and Ikram Goldman, and featured the group's first forays into Armenian and Xhosa music. Also included on the album was the single "Love for Sale," a distinctive rendition of the Cole Porter classic.
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Aus aller Welt - Erschienen am 15. Mai 2007 | naïve
It took Pink Martini a full decade -- their debut, Sympathique, came out in 1997; the follow-up, Hang on Little Tomato, was released in 2004; and now Hey Eugene! arrives in 2007 -- but they've finally perfected their particular good-time blend of cabaret pop, pre-"world music" international fare, golden-age Hollywood scores, and lounge-informed, classy jazz. It's still tempting to be wary of a group that wears its eclecticism so ostentatiously on its sleeve, but in the end nothing about the Oregon-based Pink Martini feels pretentious or mannered. While there is more than a taste of the tongue-in-cheek to China Forbes' vocals, Pink Martini, a dozen strong, never come off as precious or stylized, as did so many of the bands that came along during the '90s lounge revival and then disappeared from the planet. While on one hand they fine-tune what it is they do, Pink Martini also expand their focus on their third album. The Latin elements of the first two albums are still present, no more so than on "Tempo Perdido," a samba-rhumba written by Ataulfo Alves, originally sung by Carmen Miranda and abetted here by a high-school choir, but the group's passport has many new stamps on it. "Bukra Wba'do," originally sung by Egyptian star Abdel Halim Hafez, is PM's first foray into the world of Arabic music, and the foamy "Taya Tan" is a sweet but somewhat foreboding Japanese pop confection. "Ojala" takes the group into French chanson; "Dosvedanya Mio Bombino," obviously, leans Russian (great line: "I tried to storm the Kremlin of your heart"), but not so obviously also tilts toward various other Latinstrains from samba to son, which are touched upon elsewhere. Alternating between English (a touching, minimal "Tea for Two" with vocal jazz legend Jimmy Scott guesting; the opening, Forbes/Lauderdale-penned "Everywhere," a lush '40s-style torch song that could just as easily have been an old Judy Garland or Peggy Lee hit) and foreign-language vocals, Forbes is at ease in any situation. Bandleader/founder Thomas Lauderdale has become a masterful helmsman, guiding the core orchestra through its tricky, subtle paces. Ironically, the title track is the least interesting thing here, a slow-jam R&B bird-flip to a guy who took the singer's number and never bothered to call. Such silliness isn't becoming of the talent and originality on display all over Hey Eugene!, and they'd be wise to stick to the globe-hopping and genre-splicing in the future without resorting to downtown-styled faux coolness. © Jeff Tamarkin /TiVo
Pop - Erschienen am 18. November 2016 | Jive Epic
Auch wir sagen Oui zu Pink Martini! Mit Je dis oui! (Ich sage ja !) feiert die kosmopolitschste unter den amerikanischen Gruppen, die mit dem französischen Chanson Je ne veux pas travailler bekannt wurde, erneut mit Vergnügen die Schwerfälligkeit und Schalkhaftigkeit längst vergangener Zeiten…Das "kleine Orchester" aus Portland (Oregon) wurde von Thomas M. Lauderdale 1994 gegründet und vereint zwölf Musiker in kunterbunter Mischung. Mit diesem Album voller Rumba, Jazz, Schlaflieder, Charleston, traditioneller Musik kommen die französischen Musiker wieder zu ihrem Ursprung zurück. Pink Martini veröffentlicht hier ein Retro-Album mit internationalem Akzent und einer einzigartigen ästhetischen Auswahl, die ihren Erfolg zu dem macht, was er seit zwei Jahrzehnten ist. Ein Mix aus verschiedenen Genres und Jahrzehnten, aber auch Emotionen, die sich nicht nach der Mode richten, sondern im Gegenteil, nie aus der Mode kommen…Die Feier kann losgehen mit einigen schönen Cover Versionen wie Pata Pata von Miriam Makeba oder auch Blue Moon von Rodgers & Hart mit dem Gast Rufus Wainwright. Es ist ein wahrer Globetrotter-Trip, bei dem auf Englisch, Französisch, Farsi, Armenisch, Portugiesisch, Arabisch und Türkisch gesungen wird. Gute Reise! © CM/Qobuz