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Pink Martini s wildly popular debut, released in 1997, has sold
nearly a million copies to date. Described as breathtaking
by The New Yorker, Sympathique is timeless and beautiful.
While the cocktail lounge fad has seen more than a few musicians climb aboard as a career move, the members of Pink Martini are no bandwagon-riding aficionados. Fronted by pianist Thomas Lauderdale, Pink Martini is the real article--a band that approaches the music with unwavering seriousness yet never forgets the fun at the heart of it. Sympathique, the band's debut album reveals an incredibly diverse musical vocabulary on the part of frontman Lauderdale. And what singer China Forbes lacks in range and dynamics, she more than compensates for in attack, approach, and a clear understanding of the material. While most of the songs are upbeat, in the hands of Lauderdale and Forbes, "Qué será será," with its dark atmospherics should be rechristened "Qué será noir." --Wayne Pernu
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This is a masterfully creative piece of work that is a joy to listen to.
How to describe Pink Martini? Some classic, some mambo, some chanteuse, some miscellenaous Latin, some jazz, a movie tune, some schmaltz -- all delivered with a good sense of humor and grace. The arrangements are imaginative and the musicianship is superb. The songs are a mixture of vocals and instrumentals. The sound is essentially a mixture of Latin percussion, classical/mambo-tango-esque piano, guitar, base, cello, and trumpet.
They can take a song like "Que Sera Sera" and turn it into a beautiful symphonic childlike ballad with a slightly edgy, off-kilter sound achieved by a singing major-key melody over a harmony that chromatically varies back and forth. And yet... IMO they never violated the composer's intent; the essence of the song shines through.
"Andalucia" and "Children of Piraeus" are both so beautiful ...
This is one oddly beautiful-sounding band. If you like classical, latin, jazz, standards, and 30s-50s era pop music, then this is a CD you need to check out.
I can't wait until their next CD "Hang On Little Tomato", and I will see them when they come to Seattle.