Date: Aug 5th, 2008 · Tags: Jazz News

roman matinGuitarist Roman Matin’s Music for Electric Guitar – Music for Electric Guitar is the third album for Russian guitarist, Roman Matin, but this electric solo guitar session is the first available to American and European audiences.

Classic jazz guitarist Paul Metzke characterizes Matin’s music with these words: “Excellent classical/compositional approach to playing jazz guitar.” All of the pieces are composed by Matin and performed as if Erik Satie wrote for electric solo guitar. It is not surprising that Anthony Coleman said about this music, “It’s lovely…veiled and kind of Satie-esque.” Polytonal and polyrhythmic technique characterizes the album as the guitar sounds like an entire orchestra – the bass parts harmoniously fitting into the musical narration, and constituting an elastic platform.

Award Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival Reaps Another International Award – Chillout Productions, founders and organizers of the annual Skywards Dubai International Jazz Festival, won the 2008 Middle East Event Award for the Best Public Entertainment Event in The Middle East.

As part of the Event 360, the awards presentation took place on April 27th, 2008 at a Gala lunch at the Al Multaqua Ballroom at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre with the presence of a wide spectrum of the entertainment industry professionals.

Renting Frank Sinatra’s Palm Springs Home – For several decades in the middle of the 20th century, internationally renowned architects such as Richard Neutra and John Lautner–who is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles–created audacious buildings in Palm Springs that helped revolutionize the way Americans lived and played. Out went stuffy Victorian parlors; in came sleek, glass-walled structures that blurred the line between indoors and out. The bulk of what these architects designed was residential, which meant the only way to see one of the buildings back then was to have Frank Sinatra invite you over for drinks.

Today, though, many Modernist homes are available as vacation rentals, including the long, lean, flat-roofed manse that once belonged to the Chairman of the Board himself. Photo courtesy

The Return of Return to Forever – A few days before kicking off their big reunion here, the members of the jazz-rock band Return to Forever shared a moment of collective astonishment. The keyboardist Chick Corea, the bassist Stanley Clarke, the guitarist Al Di Meola and the drummer Lenny White were gearing up to perform together for the first time in 25 years, headlining large concert halls in the jazz equivalent of a blockbuster tour. What blew their minds, during a rehearsal, was the sound of their former selves.Photo courtesy

Randy Newman First CD in Nine Years– RANDY NEWMAN strolled along the wooden planks of the Santa Monica Pier on a recent summer afternoon, a balmy ocean breeze rustling his short, curly hair that, at age 64, is mostly salt but retains a dash of pepper. A crowd of onlookers craned their necks in his direction, some with video cameras, others with cellphone cameras, but a female security guard quickly waved them back.

Suzanne Tamim Lebanese Singer Killed in Dubai – LONDON — Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim was found stabbed to death in her Dubai apartment July 28. Tamim had shot to fame after winning the popular Studio Al Fan television show contest in 1996. Her subsequent career was blighted by a turbulent personal life, which included two divorces and a number of run-ins with police and the tabloids.

Luther Davis Writer of Musicals and Movies, Dies at 91 – Tony’s for the book of the musical Kismet and a screenwriter whose films included The Hucksters, with Clark Gable, and Lady in a Cage with Olivia de Havilland, died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 91 and lived in Manhattan and West Palm Beach, Florida.