Hang On Little Tomato

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
It would be easy to liken Pink Martini's music to the lounge and swing revivals of the '90s. However, the 12-piece mini-orchestra's mix of jazz, classical, Latin, and vocal pop sounds more organic than the work of, say, Combustible Edison. Like the Squirrel Nut Zippers -- who were always more than just a straightforward swing revival band -- Pink Martini do more than just rehash their influences; by dabbling in different sounds that they love, they've come up with their own. And even on the most theatrical moments of their second album, Hang On Little Tomato, such as the Yma Sumac-meets-chamber jazz of "U Plavu Zoru" or the smoky Italian ambience of "Una Notte a Napoli,"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
It would be easy to liken Pink Martini's music to the lounge and swing revivals of the '90s. However, the 12-piece mini-orchestra's mix of jazz, classical, Latin, and vocal pop sounds more organic than the work of, say, Combustible Edison. Like the Squirrel Nut Zippers -- who were always more than just a straightforward swing revival band -- Pink Martini do more than just rehash their influences; by dabbling in different sounds that they love, they've come up with their own. And even on the most theatrical moments of their second album, Hang On Little Tomato, such as the Yma Sumac-meets-chamber jazz of "U Plavu Zoru" or the smoky Italian ambience of "Una Notte a Napoli," a lot of genuine sentiment shines through. Though most of Hang On Little Tomato -- named after a vintage Hunt's Ketchup ad -- consists of originals, a few well-chosen covers stake out Pink Martini's sonic territory: the festive "Anna El Negro Zumbon"; Villa-Lobos' "Song of the Black Swan"; a downright swellegant version of "Let's Never Stop Falling in Love"; and "Kikuchiyo to Moshimasu," which features Hiroshi Wada, the slide guitarist who played on the original recording of the song. Amid all the multiculturalism, Hang On Little Tomato emphasizes the French and Cuban elements of Pink Martini's sound, with "Dansez-Vous" and the lovely "Autrefois" nodding to the former, and the ever-so-slightly mischievous ballad "Lilly" tipping its hat to the latter. The album's moods are almost as wide-ranging as its sounds, spanning the innocence of the title track's '30s pop and the Bacharach-esque sweetness of "Clementine" to the world-weary "Veronique" to the smoky romance of "Aspettami." A more full-fledged album than the band's debut Sympathique, Hang On Little Tomato offers a charmingly populist approach to music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • UPC: 723721038557
  • Catalog Number: 2
  • Sales rank: 1,088

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Martini Primary Artist
Phil Baker Upright Bass
Kelvin Klein Choir, Chorus
Norman Leyden Clarinet
Michael Spiro Conga
Evelyne Taylor Choir, Chorus
Dieter Ratzlaf Cello
China Forbes Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Dale Thompson Choir, Chorus
Joël Belgique Viola
Dan Faehnle Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Jayne Andrews Choir, Chorus
Alex U. Case Choir, Chorus
Alba Clemente Narrator
Scott Young Choir, Chorus
Gavin Bondy Trumpet, Choir, Chorus
Thomas Lauderdale Piano, Keyboards, Choir, Chorus
John Wager Bass, Upright Bass
Martin Zarzar Percussion, Drums, Timbales, Choir, Chorus
Robert Taylor Trombone, Trumpet, Choir, Chorus
Brian Davis Percussion, Conga, Choir, Chorus, Tamborim
Larry E. Williams Choir, Chorus
Oreet Ranon Cello
Celeste Arias Choir, Chorus
Kazunori Asano Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele
Michael Boss Barba Choir, Chorus
Steve Becic Choir, Chorus
Megan Bentley Choir, Chorus
Heather Blackburn Cello
Aja Blair Choir, Chorus
Daniel Callaway Choir, Chorus
Julie Coleman Violin
Jason DeSanto Choir, Chorus
Alessandro DiBari Choir, Chorus
Mario Dodici Choir, Chorus
Edward Droste Choir, Chorus
Colin M. Fjeld Choir, Chorus
Mara Lise Gearman Viola
Paloma Griffin Violin, Choir, Chorus
Phil Hansen Cello
Glen Hoover Choir, Chorus
Denise Huizenga Violin
Doree Jarboe Choir Director
Timothy Jensen Baritone Saxophone
Kellye Justice Choir, Chorus
Zoe Larkins Choir, Chorus
Maureen Love Harp
Michael Lucia Choir, Chorus
Pasquale Madeddu Choir, Chorus
Megan McCarthy Choir, Chorus
Louise McLean Choir, Chorus
Roarke Menzies Choir, Chorus
Anne Munson Choir, Chorus
Osao Murata Organ
Brett Mustard Choir, Chorus
Tylor Neist Viola
Timothy Nishimoto Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Charles Noble Viola
Jake Oken Berg Choir, Chorus
Beatrice Oliboni Choir, Chorus
Roberto Olivero Choir, Chorus
Doug Peebles Trombone
Sergio Pellecchia Choir, Chorus
Paige Powell Choir, Chorus
Lisa Randall Choir, Chorus
Derek Rieth Percussion, Bongos, Choir, Chorus, Caxixi, Surdo, Shekere
Madison Rowley Choir, Chorus
David Scheer Choir, Chorus
Gino Schettini Choir, Chorus
Timothy Scott Cello
Andrew Shimomura Choir, Chorus
Jonny Shultz Choir, Chorus
Douglas Edwards Smith Percussion, Timbales, Choir, Chorus, Pandeiro, Vibes, Guiro
Joseph Spinrad Choir, Chorus
Trevor Strang Choir, Chorus
Jason Stronquist Trombone
Masumi Timson Koto
David Vail Choir, Chorus
Hiroshi Wada Slide Guitar
Shaunel Watts Choir, Chorus
Maliea Yakymi Choir, Chorus
Cathie Joy Young Choir, Chorus
Pansy Chang Cello
Technical Credits
Heitor Villa-Lobos Composer
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Dave Friedlander Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
China Forbes Composer
Mike King Cover Layout
Alba Clemente Composer
Johnny Dynell Composer
Gavin Bondy Composer
Thomas Lauderdale Composer, Producer
John Wager Composer
Yoichi Suzuki Composer
David Eby Composer
Adam Levy Producer
Robert Taylor Composer, Producer
Michio Yamazaki Composer
Linda Lauderdale Cover Photo
Derek Rieth Composer
Teruo Yamaguchi Engineer
Patrick Abbey Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Weird title for a GREAT CD

    Absolutely well done by Pink Martini. An inspiring, soothing, emotional compilation of music known and all new with a touch of originality characteristic of this great group that one more time shows its musical capabilities and talents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A stocking stuffer for the second Christmas

    I have been listening to Hang on Little Tomato on and off for weeks. It never fails to delight and energize me. So, for the second year, I'm giving the CD as a stocking stuffer ... to those I missed last year. Thomas Lauderdale is a genius. China's voice is sublime. Do NOT miss this CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing!

    This album is absolutely stunning. The different vocal and instrumental layers are so perfectly combined to create a rich tone in all of the songs. I would recommend this excellent album to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it, love it

    The melodies will stick in your head, the lyrics are brilliant, and the music is amazing. I'm planning on buying this for everyone on my christmas list. it's a one-size-fits-all, guaranteed-to-please kind of CD with something for everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    another stunning musical experience

    I wasn't sure at first if I would love their second album as much as the first but after two playings I was hooked - just as good if not better than their first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hooked on Pink Martini

    I first learned about Pink Martini from a song played in an early episode of "Dead Like Me", a Showtime series. The song was an old Doris Day standard, "Que Sera Sera", but the haunting and unique quality of the group's interpretation compelled me to learn who were the artists behind it. I learned it was Pink Martini, bought their first CD, "Sympathique", and must have listened to it a thousand times. I've been anxiously waiting for a second CD, and had just about given up when I learned about "Tomato". It's a terrific collection of mostly original songs, with great vocals, instrumentation, and top notch performance. It has quickly become my current favorite CD. I'm definitely hooked on Pink Martini, and I wait excitedly to more of their music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    absolutely wonderful and dreamy

    Excellent and beautiful music with such pure sounding vocals. I've loved every tune and have appreciated having a second album from this talented group. Am thoroughly enjoying their style of music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    so dissapointed

    for those of us who adore pink martini and were waiting for their second c.d. to be as good as or hopefully better than their first.....big dissapointment. thomas and chinas combined talent isn't enough to save this c.d. from the trash pile. the depth, richness and dimension of range that was so original in the first c.d. is not here in hang on little tomato. i am so sad......

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