Album: Pink Martini, Splendor in the Grass (Naive)
Sunday 10 January 2010
Describing themselves as "musical ambassadors", this American group spread their net wide, and here they've absorbed a huge variety of styles, spanning jazz, classical, and musics of many different nationalities.
They do bal-musette and rough ranchero, while Schubert morphs into a Cuban groove, and then into a 1950s-style big-band number. What most impresses is their technical mastery, both vocal and instrumental, as they transform from track to track, each time exuding the same infectious joie de vivre.
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