With a name like Pink Martini, you could certainly be forgiven for expecting some kind of band of Esquivel-loving neo-cocktail lounge revivalists.
But the ten-piece band that glided into The Egg in Albany this month wasn’t some kind of big band version of Combustible Edison. Instead, what they served up was a tantalizing smorgasbord of global musical styles, all anchored in a symphonic pop sound that embraced classical elements, as well as jazz.
The concert was a true musical journey, as pianist-bandleader Thomas Lauderdale charted an unlikely international course that visited the musical traditions of a wide range of nations from Parisian bistros to the exotic carnival street parade celebrations of Brazil.
And throughout the evening, vocalist China Forbes sang in at least a half dozen foreign languages, as well as English, bringing an authentic pan-global groove to the percolating sounds of Pink Martini.
All in all, it was a marvelous, multi-lingual musical mash-up.
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
Shawn Stone’s review at Metroland