Pink Martini--the genre-bending, best-selling, supremely talented, and raucously fun twelve-piece
ensemble that the New Yorker calls simply "beautiful," sophisticated," and "breathtaking"--returns
with Hey Eugene! a twelve-track sonic journey anchored by deft songwriting and a no-holds-barred
dose of cabaret showmanship. "We're kind of like musical archaeologists, bringing melodies and
rhythms from different parts of the world together to create something that is modern," explains
bandleader, artistic director, and founder Thomas Lauderdale.
Delivered with sultry grace by lead singer China Forbes, Hey Eugene! shines throughout--from the
golden-era Hollywood melody of "Everywhere" to the French cabaret of "Ojala." Other
collaborations anchor the set as well: the pan-world "Dosvedanya, Mio Bombino" with its Latin-
meets-Russian beat and globetrotting subject matter, plus the Forbes-Lauderdale-penned sexy
sway of "City of Night." Peruvian percussionist Martin Zarzar debuts the romantically complex "Mar
Desconocido" and bassist Phil Baker adds the quiet beauty of "Cante e Dance." The group also
mines the past for hidden gems, including the Japanese-language track "Taya Tan" and their first-
ever recording in Arabic, "Bukra wba'do." Meanwhile, clever lyricism leads to an empowering dose
of pop perfection on the title track by Forbes (about a boy she met at a party who asked for her
number and never called). Finally, jazz legend Jimmy Scott makes a stunning vocal guest
appearance in a duet with Forbes on the closing song "Tea for Two."
With Hey Eugene! Pink Martini has returned with an exhilarating album full of uncompromising
musicianship, hope, beauty, and joy!