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Get Happy

Get Happy

by Pink Martini
With a title like Get Happy, Pink Martini's fifth album could very well be filled with perky vocal pop, but the group offers something a little more nuanced here. This collection is more eclectic in mood and sound than 2009's Splendor in the Grass, which was fittingly romantic but


With a title like Get Happy, Pink Martini's fifth album could very well be filled with perky vocal pop, but the group offers something a little more nuanced here. This collection is more eclectic in mood and sound than 2009's Splendor in the Grass, which was fittingly romantic but focused more on the light pop aspect of their sound. During the time between that album and this one, Pink Martini pursued some more wide-ranging projects, including 1969, where they interpreted some of that year's biggest songs with Japanese vocalist Saori Yuki. That eclectic spirit seems to have rubbed off on Get Happy, which gives equal time to their tender and playful sides -- and sometimes both at once: "Zundoko-bushi" sounds like the theme to a Japanese spy movie from the '60s, but a glance at the liner notes reveals it's about a lovelorn man remembering a woman who writes love letters with her tears. As it turns out, Get Happy's title isn't so much a command as it is a wish; most of these songs are more about needing happiness than having it. As always, the group's collaborations are preeminent. This time, their guest stars include Rufus Wainwright, who turns in a touching version of his aunt Anna McGarrigle's "Kitty Come Home" and a Broadway-esque rendition of the title track; Meow Meow, who delivers a fittingly kittenish cover of "I'm Waiting for You," a song originally recorded by Chinese actress/singer Bai Guang in 1947; and Phyllis Diller, whose poignant version of "Smile" closes the album (and was also one of her final recordings before her death in 2012). Get Happy also marks the recording debut of new Pink Martini vocalist Storm Large, whose smoky tones make an elegant contrast to longtime singer China Forbes' sparkling vocals. Large sounds particularly alluring on "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" and "Sway," while Forbes shines on "Je Ne T'Aime Plus," a breezy duet with Philippe Katerine, as well as a simple, and simply lovely, version of "What'll I Do?" All in all, Get Happy is the best example of everything Pink Martini can do since Hey! Eugene; even though it isn't quite as well-rounded as that album, the depth the group shows here is a welcome return to form.

Product Details

Release Date:
Heinz Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pink Martini   Primary Artist
Phyllis Diller   Vocals
Phil Baker   Electric Bass,Sitar,Upright Bass
Nancy Ives   Cello
Anthony Jones   Cymbals,Drums,Tambourine
Norman Leyden   Clarinet
Charles Reneau   Bass Trombone
Rufus Wainwright   Vocals
China Forbes   Tambourine,Vocals
Michael Roberts   Flexatones
Philippe Katerine   Guitar,Vocals
Dan Faehnle   Guitar
Gavin Bondy   Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Thomas Lauderdale   Piano
David Gerow   Mandolin
Steve Bass   Clarinet
Tim Jensen   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brian Davis   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Timbales,Triangle,Shaker,Doumbek
Heather Blackburn   Cello
Julie Coleman   Violin
Maureen Love   Harp
Timothy Nishimoto   Percussion,Tambourine,Vocals,Shaker,Guiro
Charles Noble   Violin,Viola
Derek Rieth   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,finger cymbals
Masumi Timson   Koto
Storm Large   Vocals
Nicholas Crosa   Violin,Soloist
Joy Fabos   Violin
Don Henson-Blankenship   Percussion,Glockenspiel,Marimbas
Trevor Fitzpatrick   Cello
Keiko Araki   Violin
Karen Wagner   Oboe
Sarah Kwak   Violin
Vali Phillips   Violin
Philip Baker   Upright Bass
Greg Ewer   Violin
Robert Taylor   Trombone,Vocals
Pansy Chang   Cello
Harvey Rosencrantz Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Guest Appearance
Chris Forbes   Vocals
Jennifer Arnold   Violin,Viola
Ari Shapiro   Vocals
Marilyn de Oliveira   Cello
Ja'tik Clark   Tuba
Hossein Salehi   Santoor
Bobak Salehi   Sitar,Tar
August Von Trapp   Background Vocals
Yoshio Oda   Background Vocals
Verne Naito   Background Vocals
Torao Nishimoto   Background Vocals
Sho Dozono   Background Vocals
Micah Wilkinson   Trumpet
Max Tatabe   Background Vocals
Mark Yatabe   Background Vocals
Kyle Mustain   English Horn

Technical Credits

Ernesto Lecuona   Composer,Lyricist
Irving Berlin   Composer,Lyricist
Scott Joplin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz   Composer,Lyricist
Milton Ager   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Osvaldo Farrés   Composer,Lyricist
Dave Friedlander   Producer,Engineer
Norman Gimbel   Composer,Lyricist
Lorenz Hart   Composer,Lyricist
Anna McGarrigle   Composer,Lyricist
Jack Yellen   Composer,Lyricist
China Forbes   Composer,Lyricist
Mike King   Layout
Philippe Katerine   Composer,Lyricist
Ted Koehler   Composer,Lyricist
Thomas Lauderdale   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Lotar Olias   Composer,Lyricist
Max Kolpé   Composer,Lyricist
Yan Kuan   Composer,Lyricist
Robert Taylor   Producer
Stephen Taylor   Orchestration
John Turner   Composer,Lyricist
Makoto Kawaguchi   Arranger
Nuri Halil Poyraz   Composer,Lyricist
Geoffrey Parson   Composer,Lyricist
Karl Vibach   Composer,Lyricist
Chen Ruizhen   Composer
Adam Levey   Cover Photo
Muzaffer Sarýsözen   Composer,Lyricist

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