Hey Eugene!

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The bohemian "small orchestra" out of Portland, Oregon, returns, and as we've come to expect from Pink Martini, Hey Eugene! is a kaleidoscope of retro song styles. Assaying swing, samba, Latin pop, and Japanese noir, among other moods, the classically trained 14-piece remains something of a Douglas Sirk production for your ears. The most notable leap on the group's third album is that it marks their most extensive original songwriting, with mixed results. The title track, written by chanteuse China Forbes, is an exuberant horn-driven burst of soul-pop that's become a staple of their live show, but "Dosvedanya, Mio Bombino," co-written by Forbes's sister Maya, is almost...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
The bohemian "small orchestra" out of Portland, Oregon, returns, and as we've come to expect from Pink Martini, Hey Eugene! is a kaleidoscope of retro song styles. Assaying swing, samba, Latin pop, and Japanese noir, among other moods, the classically trained 14-piece remains something of a Douglas Sirk production for your ears. The most notable leap on the group's third album is that it marks their most extensive original songwriting, with mixed results. The title track, written by chanteuse China Forbes, is an exuberant horn-driven burst of soul-pop that's become a staple of their live show, but "Dosvedanya, Mio Bombino," co-written by Forbes's sister Maya, is almost a Pink Martini parody, mashing up Russian and Italian in a labored number that's a little too in love with its own cleverness. Similar over-thinking threatens the Arabic plaint "Bukra wba'do," but the Martini's strings are put to such good use in this wacky Cairo film song made famous by Abdel Halim Hafez that it's hard to fault it or the political overtones that seem to have been its inspiration. The album works best on tried-and-true Martini-isms -- read: Carmen Miranda, here represented by the moody samba "Tempo Perdido," and French cabaret ditties such as "Ojala." Likewise, when the band lure Little Jimmy Scott to duet with China Forbes on "Tea for Two," the textures are so lush and perfect that all that other tinny drivel competing for your eardrums seems to just melt away.
All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • UPC: 723721289454
  • Catalog Number: 3
  • Sales rank: 7,775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everywhere (3:10)
  2. 2 Tempo Perdido (3:42)
  3. 3 Mar Desconocido (3:12)
  4. 4 Taya Tan (2:42)
  5. 5 City of Night (4:19)
  6. 6 Ojala (3:02)
  7. 7 Bukra Wba'do (3:56)
  8. 8 Cante E Dance (4:28)
  9. 9 Hey Eugene (3:10)
  10. 10 Syracuse (3:50)
  11. 11 Dosvedanya Mio Bombino (4:41)
  12. 12 Tea for Two (5:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Martini Primary Artist
Little Jimmy Scott Vocals
Phil Baker Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Baglama, Upright Bass
Robert Taylor Trombone, Trumpet
Ruby Jones Track Performer
Dieter Ratzlaf Cello
Aaron Scott Choir, Chorus
China Forbes Tambourine, Vocals
Tracey Harris Background Vocals, Soloist
Joël Belgique Viola
Dan Faehnle Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Gavin Bondy Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals
Thomas Lauderdale Piano
Ashley Ward Vocals, Bells
Eric Miller Trumpet, Vocals
Kian Smith Track Performer
Mike Horsfall Vibes
Janesia Allen Harp
Brant Taylor Cello
Martin Zarzar Dumbek, Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Cymbals, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Timbales, Choir, Chorus, Timpani, Cavaquinho, Cajon, Guira, Riqq
Michelle Brown Track Performer
Mozelle Lewis Track Performer
Brian Davis Percussion, Conga, Choir, Chorus, Surdo, Tamborim
Cedric D. Johnson Track Performer
Marisa Barela Choir, Chorus
Matt Moor Trumpet, Vocals
Taylor Aglipay Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Heather Blackburn Cello
Julie Coleman Violin
Paloma Griffin Violin, Vocals
Phil Hansen Cello
Denise Huizenga Violin
Maureen Love Harp
Timothy Nishimoto Percussion, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Charles Noble Viola
Derek Rieth Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Maracas, Tambourine, Triangle, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Caxixi, Pandeiro, Shaker, Tamborim
Daniel Lamb Trombone, Vocals
Jason Wells Vocals
Janet Andrews Choir, Chorus
John Averill Vocals, Bandleader
Ivory Johnson Track Performer
Patrick Abbey Choir, Chorus
Jessica Bonim Choir, Chorus
Danny Bostic Track Performer
Hadassah Boyd Track Performer
Miriam Burke Choir, Chorus
Ashleigh Callier Wells Track Performer
Celeste Calvin Track Performer
Jamilah Cash Track Performer
Katherine Cliff Track Performer
Nicholas Crosa Violin, Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Shurlanda Davis Track Performer
Jenny DiDonato Snare Drums
Gregory Ewer Violin
Joy Fabos Violin
Charles Fuller Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Gay Track Performer
William Giles Choir, Chorus
Brandon Hatton Track Performer
Don Henson-Blankenship Glockenspiel
Dan Herrick Cymbals, Vocals
Nakia Holste Track Performer
Robert Taylor Trombone
Pansy Chang Cello
Jennifer Arnold Viola
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Phil Baker Composer, Producer
Irving Caesar Composer
Frédéric Chopin Composer
Dave Friedlander Engineer, Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer, Drum Engineering
Bernie Grundman Mastering
China Forbes Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Henri Salvador Composer
Bernard Dimey Composer
Thomas Lauderdale Audio Production
Dean Baskerville Engineer
Daniel Lemay Composer
Martin Zarzar Composer
Timothy Nishimoto Composer
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