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1969’s title refers to the year of Saori Yuki’s debut as a recording artist. Over the past four-plus decades, the Japanese pop legend's sweetly elegant vocal stylings have won her a worldwide legion of fans, among them the Portland, Ore.–based retro-pop outfit Pink Martini. The band’s collaboration with Yuki is an obvious labor of love, filled with the sort of breezy yet heartfelt charm that she's made her trademark. Singing in Japanese, French, and English, she's framed by PM’s Thomas Lauderdale in billowing arrangements that mix lounge jazz with ‘60s-style pop and Latin sounds. Yuki strolls through the dreamy atmosphere of “Du Soleil Plein Les Yeux” and savors the delicate ache within “Wasuretainoni.” with a serene yet bittersweet air. Reaching further, she connects with the soft Brazilian pulse of “Mayonaka No Bossa Nova” and “Mas Que Nada” and taps into the quiet desperation of the Peggy Lee classic “Is That All There Is?" She draws on her talents as an interpreter of Japanese children’s songs in her honeyed version of “Puff, the Magic Dragon.”

Customer Reviews


Excellent ! bien meilleur que Splendor in the mélodieux...musique très agréable...douceur mais en même temps je souhaite que pink Martini poursuivre dans cette lancé au lieu de nous proposer des mélodie souvent associé à des pub de restaurants

Love it!

I have all Pink Martini's albums and was thrilled to see a new release and even more to see Saori Yuki performing on it. Although I do miss China, I also love Japanese music (most but not all songs are in Japanese). Although I can't understand much, the melodies are lovely and Saori's voice is beautiful. Du soleil plein les yeux (sung in French) is an absolutely gorgeous song as is Yoake No Scat. My only complaint is that I could have done without Puff the Magic Dragon...

Pas certain

J'adore et j'ai tout tout de Pink Martini. China Forbes est une idole. Cette fois-ci, j'écoute les extraits et je ne suis pas certain... Saori Yuki peut être une idole comme elle le veut, moi je trouve qu'elle chante comme Isabelle Aubret... ses grands trémolos... Enfin, la musique semble aussi parfaite et enthousiasmante que les disques précédents.
Je n'achète pas mais si vous voulez me l'offrir à Noël, je prends !


Formed: 1994 in Portland, OR

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The eclectic, acoustic-oriented sounds of Pink Martini have never been easy to categorize, but that hasn't prevented the Portland, Oregon-based band from acquiring a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Pink Martini have offered a risk-taking blend of jazz (mainly swing), world music, cabaret, lounge, and '40s-'50s film music, with influences ranging from Cole Porter and Duke Ellington to French icon Edith Piaf to Latin greats such as Xavier Cugat, Beny Moré, and Tito Puente. Music from around the...
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