Ari Shapiro, Steve Bass lend musical talents to latest Pink Martini disc

By Dru Sefton

The new Pink Martini disc is out Tuesday, with guest performances by two pubcasters: NPR’s Ari Shapiro (or, as Pink Martini calls him, “the handsome and brilliant radio superstar”) and Oregon Public Broadcasting President Steve Bass.

The latest from the Portland-based self-described “little orchestra,” whose sounds range from Latin and jazz to pop and lounge music, is “Get Happy.” Listen for Shapiro singing on “Yo te quiero siempre,” and Bass playing a short clarinet interlude on “She Was Too Good To Me.”

Phyllis Diller’s final recording is also on the disc; the legendary comedian died six months after recording “Smile.”

The eclectic cuts include songs in German, French, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Farsi, Turkish and Romanian.

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