Saturday, December 1, 2007


Courtesy of Chris Mill's blog, Atomic Pulp at:

"He was . . . a strange blending of Puritan and Cavalier, with a touch of the ancient philosopher, and more than a touch of the pagan. . . . A hunger in his soul drove him on and on, an urge to right all wrongs, protect all weaker things. . . . Wayward and restless as the wind, he was consistent in only one respect—he was true to his ideals of justice and right. Such was Solomon Kane."

Robert E. Howard's pulp character, Solomon Kane, is apparently going to be featured in a new movie, written and directed by Michael J. Bassett, whose previous films (Wilderness and Deathwatch) I've never seen.From the poster, though, it looks like he's at least somewhat familiar with the source material, as British actor James Purfoy has certainly been made up to look the part of the dour, monster-fighting Puritan.

Of course, since Stephen Sommers completely lifted Kane's look for his atrocious Van Helsing film, I fear uneducated audiences and reviewers will think this is either a sequel to that misbegotten travesty – or worse – a rip-off of it.

Since I'm unfamiliar with the previous work of virtually everyone involved in this new project, I'll have to hope for the best. Howard's Solomon Kane was a character as unique and imaginative as his more famous creation, Conan the Cimmerian, and I'd love to see a faithful, frightening and fun adaptation on the screen. The original stories, published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in the late 20's and early 30's, are rich with cinematic potential, and I'd hate to see that potential squandered by yet another Hollywood hack job.

Keeping my fingers crossed.




Reviewed by David Foster on his blog: permissiontokill.blogspot.com

AKA: Nikita

Directed by Luc Besson

Anne Parillaud, Jean-Hughes Anglade,

Tceky Karyo, Jean Reno, Jean Moreau

Music by Eric Serra

Nikita (Anne Parillaud) is a junkie. Desperately in need of a fix, she and some of her drug addled buddies break into a pharmacist in an attempt to score some goodies to ease their pain. The burglary doesn't go to plan and the police arrive on the scene with guns-a-blazin'. After the shoot-out, Nikita is the only one of her party left alive but seemingly in a catatonic state. A police officer comes to her aid only to have his brains blown out by Nikita, who barely knows what she is doing. She is then sentenced to thirty years in prison for her crime. That's the opening sequence of La Femme Nikita, a French post punk, new wave, thriller by director Luc Besson.

Nikita is an animal. One who has rebelled against the system. At the point of being imprisoned, she is made an offer. She can either be trained as a assassin or the sentence can stand. She chooses to be trained. But that means the she becomes a part of the system that she has been rebelling against. But she believes she is tougher than that. She thinks she can complete the training and still be the same anti-social miscreant that she was when she began. But slowly, almost like a military boot camp, her individuality is beaten out of her. They begin to mould her into a cool killing machine. But the strangest thing happens. The more she is stripped down the more she learns to love and be human. I know, it all sounds rather hi-brow and pretentious. But it isn't.

Over the years this film has become somewhat of a landmark film in the espionage genre. The simple fact that it was remade as The Assassin with Briget Fonda, and turned into a television series with Peta Wilson indicates the power La Femme Nikita had. We all know that spying is a dirty business, but generally it has been dirty men's business. I know we've had heroines like Modesty Blaise and others who have shown that they are equal to the James Bonds of the world. And we've had a swag of evil villainesses, such as Sumuru, Madame Sin or even Rosa Klebb who've shown the other side of the spy business. But these have all generally been the positive globe trotting style spy films. Never the bleak 'spying is a dirty business' performed by morally reprehensible people type of film. I am talking about Scorpio, Permission To Kill or Le Professionnel. All these films have protagonists (I won't use the word 'heroes') who are fairly ugly people. La Femme Nikita is one of the first films to present a female lead in that light. The film even goes a bit further than that, showing how she became that character, and how she was 'recruited' by the DGSE.

The cast is pretty good. Parillaud portrays Nikita with a stoic indestructible grace. Tchéky Karyo (you know that French guy who's in everything but you can't remember his name) is her case officer and mentor, Bob. Jean-Hughes Anglade plays Marco, the man she meets on the outside. Jeanne Moreau, has a small role as Amande, a lady who teaches Nikita how to be feminine. And Jean Reno, who would later become Leon for the director, Luc Besson, plays Victor – The Cleaner.

Eric Serra has quite a reputation and following after his successful score for The Fifth Element, but quite frankly I find his score to be very incongruous to the images taking place on the screen. His score for Goldeneye has to be the worst Bond soundtrack ever (yep, even worse, than Bill Conti's work on For Your Eyes Only) and his avant guarde score for La Femme Nikita has dated and doesn't follow the events of the movie.

La Femme Nikita is a good film, maybe it is even a great film, but it was also the beginning of a new style of espionage films (and television shows). As such, it's success lead to a whole slew of imitators which have moved on and surpassed the original in many respects. The 'originator' deserves credit and respect, but looking back on it now, it probably doesn't pack the punch that it once did. Recommended


Evel Knievel, the red-white-and-blue-spangled motorcycle daredevil whose jumps over crazy obstacles including Greyhound buses, live sharks and Idaho's Snake River Canyon made him an international icon in the 1970s, died Friday. He was 69.

Knievel's death was confirmed by his granddaughter, Krysten Knievel. He had been in failing health for years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable condition that scarred his lungs. Knievel had undergone a liver transplant in 1999 after nearly dying of hepatitis C, likely contracted through a blood transfusion after one of his bone-shattering spills.

Longtime friend and promoter Billy Rundel said Knievel had trouble breathing at his Clearwater condominium and died before an ambulance could get him to a hospital. "It's been coming for years, but you just don't expect it. Superman just doesn't die, right?" Rundel said. Immortalized in the Washington's Smithsonian Institution as "America's Legendary Daredevil," Knievel was best known for a failed 1974 attempt to jump Snake River Canyon on a rocket-powered cycle and a spectacular crash at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

He suffered nearly 40 broken bones before he retired in 1980. Though Knievel dropped off the pop culture radar in the '80s, the image of the high-flying motorcyclist clad in patriotic, star-studded colors was never erased from public consciousness. He always had fans and enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years. His death came just two days after it was announced that he and rapper Kanye West had settled a federal lawsuit over the use of Knievel's trademarked image in a popular West music video.

Knievel made a good living selling his autographs and endorsing products. Thousands came to Butte, Mont., every year as his legend was celebrated during the "Evel Knievel Days" festival, which Rundel organizes. "They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives," Knievel said. "People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner." For the tall, thin daredevil, the limelight was always comfortable, the gab glib.
To Knievel, there always were mountains to climb, feats to conquer. "No king or prince has lived a better life," he said in a May 2006 interview with The Associated Press. "You're looking at a guy who's really done it all. And there are things I wish I had done better, not only for me but for the ones I loved." He had a knack for outrageous yarns: "Made $60 million, spent 61. ...Lost $250,000 at blackjack once. ... Had $3 million in the bank, though."

He began his daredevil career in 1965 when he formed a troupe called Evel Knievel's Motorcycle Daredevils, a touring show in which he performed stunts such as riding through fire walls, jumping over live rattlesnakes and mountain lions and being towed at 200 mph behind dragster race cars. In 1966 he began touring alone, barnstorming the West and doing everything from driving the trucks, erecting the ramps and promoting the shows.

In the beginning he charged $500 for a jump over two cars parked between ramps. He steadily increased the length of the jumps until, on New Year's Day he was nearly killed when he jumped 151 feet across the fountains in front of Caesar's Palace. He cleared the fountains but the crash landing put him in the hospital in a coma for a month. His son, Robbie, successfully completed the same jump in April 1989. In the years after the Caesar's crash, the fee for Evel's performances increased to $1 million for his jump over 13 buses at Wembley Stadium in London—the crash landing broke his pelvis—to more than $6 million for the Sept. 8, 1974, attempt to clear the Snake River Canyon in Idaho in a rocket-powered "Skycycle."

The money came from ticket sales, paid sponsors and ABC's "Wide World of Sports." The parachute malfunctioned and deployed after takeoff. Strong winds blew the cycle into the canyon, landing him close to the swirling river below. On Oct. 25, 1975, he jumped 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island in Ohio. Knievel decided to retire after a jump in the winter of 1976 in which he was again seriously injured. He suffered a concussion and broke both arms in an attempt to jump a tank full of live sharks in the Chicago Amphitheater. He continued to do smaller exhibitions around the country with his son, Robbie.

Many of his records have been broken by daredevil motorcyclist Bubba Blackwell. Knievel also dabbled in movies and TV, starring as himself in "Viva Knievel" and with Lindsay Wagner in an episode of the 1980s TV series "Bionic Woman." George Hamilton and Sam Elliott each played Knievel in movies about his life. Evel Knievel toys accounted for more than $300 million in sales for Ideal and other companies in the 1970s and '80s. Born Robert Craig Knievel in the copper mining town of Butte on Oct. 17, 1938, Knievel was raised by his grandparents. He traced his career choice back to the time he saw Joey Chitwood's Auto Daredevil Show at age 8.

Outstanding in track and field, ski jumping and ice hockey at Butte High School, he went on to win the Northern Rocky Mountain Ski Association Class A Men's ski jumping championship in 1957 and played with the Charlotte Clippers of the Eastern Hockey League in 1959. He also formed the Butte Bombers semiprofessional hockey team, acting as owner, manager, coach and player. Knievel also worked in the Montana copper mines, served in the Army, ran his own hunting guide service, sold insurance and ran Honda motorcycle dealerships.

As a motorcycle dealer, he drummed up business by offering $100 off the price of a motorcycle to customers who could beat him at arm wrestling. At various times and in different interviews, Knievel claimed to have been a swindler, a card thief, a safe cracker, a holdup man.

Evel Knievel married hometown girlfriend, Linda Joan Bork, in 1959. They separated in the early 1990s. They had four children, Kelly, Robbie, Tracey and Alicia. Robbie Knievel followed in his father's footsteps as a daredevil, jumping a moving locomotive in a 200-foot, ramp-to-ramp motorcycle stunt on live television in 2000. He also jumped a 200-foot-wide chasm of the Grand Canyon.

Knievel lived with his longtime partner, Krystal Kennedy-Knievel, splitting his time between their Clearwater condo and Butte. They married in 1999 and divorced a few years later but remained together. Knievel had 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Friday, November 30, 2007




WOW! Just announced – a great opportunity to see a fabulous performer in a small venue!

Bobby Caldwell is coming to the Catalina Jazz Club!
March 21, 22 & 23, 2008

Don't miss out! Get your tickets now!

Catalina Bar and Grill6725 West SUNSET Blvd.
Hollywood, CA. 90028
Tel. (323) 466-2210 Fax (323) 466-9217

Friday and Saturday 8:30 p.m. & 10.30 p.m.
Sunday 7.30 p.m. & 9.30 p.m.
Doors open for dinner at 7:00pm Friday & Saturday
6:00pm on Sunday



Salute the Rat Pack

Presented by the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza
2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Friday, January 18th, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Broadway and Recording Artists John Boswell, Kevin Earley and Lee Lessack join voices to produce incredible harmonies.

Individually, each brings star power to the stage: John Boswell has served as musical director for Andy Williams, Judy Collins and Bob Newhart and has cooked up some of the most ingenious arrangements for Three Men.

Kevin Earley (seen in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Les Miserables among others) was recently nominated for two LA Ovation Awards in two world premiere musicals.

Award-winning cabaret/recording artist Lee Lessack completed a 250-city national tour of An Enchanted Evening: The Music of Broadway. So take a walk down melody lane with "Three Men and a Baby… Grand!"





The 'Marvelous' ladies return with a seasonal sequel.

By F. Kathleen Foley,

Special to The Times

Put your holiday anxieties on hold for the duration of "Winter Wonderettes," the delightfully escapist musical revue, now at the El Portal Forum Theatre.

As light as a glass-blown Christmas ornament, "Wonderettes" is hardly likely to change your life or spark deep thoughts on the state of the nation. However, this particular ornament has been polished to a high sheen by director-creator Roger Bean and a dream cast that could get the most die-hard curmudgeon into the holiday spirit.

This seasonal sequel follows "The Marvelous Wonderettes," the Ovation-winning hit that ran for more than a year at the same venue and features the same characters. There's bespectacled Missy (Misty Cotton), who hooked up with a man in the last show and has just returned from a hot honeymoon. Painfully jilted by her philandering husband, scrappy Betty Jean (Julie Dixon Jackson) is struggling to keep her head high, helped by frequent infusions of alcohol. Cindy Lou (Jill Van Velzer) is still a sultry man-trap on the prowl for her latest conquest, while adorable Suzy (Bets Malone) is pregnant yet again after recently giving birth to twins.

The year is 1968, and the women have been enlisted as entertainment for the Christmas party at the hardware store where all work. Individually, these gals have troubles. Collectively, they are the Wonderettes, a homespun singing group of a deceptively amateurish bent. Don't let their bumbling and bickering fool you. When they sing, they belt it out of the ballpark.

Everything about this production is first-rate -- particularly Victoria Profitt's hilariously cheesy set design. Janet Miller's choreography is as lively as it is inventive, while musical director Brian Baker blends the performers' voices into some of the lushest harmonies since the Andrews Sisters.

If you are looking for a festive entertainment this holiday season, turn yourself over to the wonderful Wonderettes. They will prove more bracing than a bucket of spiked eggnog.

Thursday, November 29, 2007


Officer Antonio "Tony" Salazar 32495 was severely injured while conducting a narcotics investigation. He is facing a long and challenging road to recovery.

Come and support the Hollenbeck Area officers at a fundraiser to benefit Officer Salazar and his family. As you know the holidays are here and we would like to ensure that the Salazar family has a great Christmas while Officer Salazar recuperates.

The BBQ Fundraiser will take place at the:

Los Angeles Police Historical Society

located.6045 York Boulevard, LA, CA 90042.

December 12, 2007

Time: 10 AM until 8 PM

Donation: $5.00 gets you food and drink.

For further information please contact the

Hollenbeck Area CommunityRelations Office at 323-266-7734.



The classic TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is finally here! Authorized for the very first time on DVD and offered exclusively by Time Life. You’ll get all 105 episodes of the Emmy® Award-nominated series, each remastered for stunning clarity and sound. Plus, over 10 hours of bonus material, including interviews with stars Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, commentaries, home movies from the U.N.C.L.E. set, and rare promos and TV appearances. It's all yours on 41 DVDs and packaged in a special collector’s U.N.C.L.E. attaché case.

It's all yours from Time Life: 41 DVDs for $249.00




The hit first season of the original '60s spy series Man from U.N.C.L.E is now available on DVD! You'll get all 29 episodes on 11 DVDs, including the original pilot episode.


The action only gets more thrilling in the spell-binding second season of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., with every foiled plot and shocking twist of events here at your fingertips in this must-own, 30-episode, 11-DVD collection.


In the 30-episode Season 3 – fully-assembled on 11 DVDs in this comprehensive collection – the globe-trotting agents of U.N.C.L.E. overcome towering odds as they take on an ever-more dastardly horde of villains.


Each and every plot-twisting episodes from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'s historic fourth and final season are featured here, in this outstanding 6-DVD collection. The secret is out! There's no better family entertainment…than The Man from U.N.C.L.E.!


This bonus disc features six original featurettes with new interviews and exclusive footage, promos, trailers, and interviews with U.N.C.L.E. actors and production staff.


This bonus disc features more than three hours of exclusive bonus material including interviews with U.N.C.L.E. actors and production staff as well as TV appearances.


Your 41 DVDs are packaged in a brilliantly designed U.N.C.L.E. Attaché Case. It's the perfect collector's case for this one-of-a-kind collection!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007


News from the Double O Section: www.doubleosection.blogspot.com

We had been under the impression Anthony Horowitz's popular and influential series of novels about teen spy Alex Rider were set to conclude with Book 7, which materialized earlier this month in the form of the bestselling Snakehead.

However, as Snakehead's publication drew near, it became clear that that wasn't the case. Now Horowitz foresees three more books, ending the series with number ten.

The author told Reuters, "The big secret is to stop while the books are good. I dread stopping. I love the books and the books are loved."

I guess it is a classy move to wrap up the ongoing story and cut off the series before it starts to sag, but we're definitely glad he's at least planning a few more -- we wish Charlie Higson would do the same with Young Bond!

Horowitz estimates the final three books will take him five years to complete.

He's much less enthusiastic about prospects for an Alex Rider film franchise, blaming the failure of the first movie, Stormbreaker, on its American distributor's perplexing decision to dump the promising feature.

"Harvey Weinstein decided not to distribute it [in the United States]. It is one of the most bizarre and annoying things that the film didn't get given its shot in America. To this day I don't know why."

We certainly sympathize with the author, and share his frustration. We can't understand why the film was so unceremoniously dumped last fall, with virtually no advertising and a terrible (and misleading) poster in hardly any theaters!

Horowitz says he's written a screenplay for the second book, Point Blanc, but "the chances are fairly slim" of that getting made.


More cool downloads courtesy of Swedish lounge lizard Ultra Swank: http://blog.thirdphaze.com/archive/2007_02_01_archive.php

Here is my latest custom made compilation! The theme for this one is jet travel in the late 60s / early 70s - which basically means lots of delicious strings, brass and soft bass lines in every form.

This is the kind of music you would listen to when you jet-setted around the globe first class in a Boeing 747. For all you airline buffs out there, I have included a bit of history of Pan AM jet flight as a bonus track.

The compilation clocks in at about 70 minutes, features 25 tracks and I have already tested out this compilation on some friends of mine and they love it - I hope you will too!
01. Yoshinori Sunahara - Theme from Take-Off
02. The Alan Tews Orchestra & Chorus - Let's Fly
03. Briamonte Orchestra - Rota Sul
04. Claude Bolling - Boeing 747
05. John Cacavas - Theme (from Airport 1975)
06. Dominic Frontiere - Embassy Row
07. Manfred Minnich - High In the Sky
08. Franck Pourcel & Orchestre - On Ne Vit Que Deux Fois
09. Don Innes - Lovers in the Park
10. Hartmut Kiesewetter - Fly With Me
11. Dominic Frontiere - Love Theme
12. Burnie Whilbley - Concorde
13. I. Martin & B. Dee - Right on Tune
14. John Cacavas - Main Title (from Airport 1975)
15. Piero Piccioni - Party Music (Alternate 2)
16. The Roger Webb Sound - Play Girl
17. Philippe Sarde - Samba Multicolore
18. Nelson Riddle - My Life
19. Roy Budd - Hurry to Me
20. Bill Geldard - City By Night
21. Werner Drexler - Velvet Piano
22. Duncan Lamont - Lazy Sunday
23. David Snell - Light and Easy
24. Yoshinori Sunahara - Theme from Landing
25. Bonus Track - Pan Am History
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More cool downloads courtesy of Swedish lounge lizard Ultra Swank: http://blog.thirdphaze.com/archive/2007_02_01_archive.php

Since many of you have requested my previous two volumes of "Space Age Lounge", I have decided to share them with you here.

First off is volume 2, which is called "Red Carpet Ride". It is a tribute to the swank Hollywood premieres and jet set lifestyle of the 1960s. The music is mostly soft and easy going with lots of strings, vibes and flutes.
The compilation features (as always) 24 lush tracks and clocks in at about 60 minutes. Enjoy and be sure to comment if you like it!
01. John Shakespeare - Red Carpet Ride
02. Bob Thompson - The Song is You
03. Syd Dale - San Francisco Bay
04. Alan Hawkshaw - Next Stop L.A.
05. Richard Myhill - Celebrity Newsreel
06. Keith Mansfield - The Green Room
07. Dave Pell - This Could Be The Start Of Something
08. Keith Mansfield - Je Reviens
09. Bert Kaempfert - My Way Of Life
10. Syd Dale - The Hollywood Scene
11. Otto Sieben - Curly Shirley
12. Marc Shaiman - Girls Night Out
13. Edwin Astley - Recumbent Love
14. Nelson Riddle - Sao Paulo
15. Syd Dale - London Life
16. Alan Hawkshaw - Bluebird
17. Neal Hefti - City Style
18. Syd Dale - Fly the Magic Carpet
19. Hugo Montenegro - Lady In Cement
20. Y. Nilovic - Chantelle's Party
21. Orchestra George Delagaye - Bossa Party
22. Astrud Gilberto - Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
23. Nelson Riddle - Time And Space
24. Polish Radio Orchestra - Enjoy Yourself


More cool downloads courtesy of Swedish lounge lizard Ultra Swank: http://blog.thirdphaze.com/archive/2007_02_01_archive.php

Here it is, the compilation that started everything. This compilation was actually compiled a few months before I started this place back in september 2005 and I decided to keep the name Ultra Swank for this site.

This compilation was the first compilation I had done in many years, so it is not as solid as my later compilations, i.e. Space Age Lounge Volume 3 and Volume 2.

The theme for it is, as the title suggests, Ultra Swank living set in the 1950s and 1960s. The general mood of the compilation is happy, bright and swank with a slight soundtrack feeling (some of the tracks were obviously taken from movie scores). There are 24 tracks in total and it clocks in at about one hour. Grab it while supplies last.
01. Diana Dors - Roller Coaster Blues
02. Henri Rene - Whispering
03. J.J. Debout - Sun-Kissed Chicks
04. The New Classic Singers - Call Me
05. Les Baxter - Hong Kong Cable Car
06. Henry Mancini - Breakfast at Tiffany's
07. James Clarke - Double Take
08. Hugo Montenegro - Solo Busanova
09. Burt Bacherat - Are You There (With Another Girl)
10. George Shearing - As Long As I Live-Let's Live Again
11. James Clarke - Holiday People
12. Neil Richardson - Rio Magic
13. Judy Holliday - Occasional Man
14. John Barry - Look Around
15. Terry Snyder - Guys and Dolls
16. Jack Jones - Wives And Lovers
17. The MGM Studio Orchestra - Bachelor In Paradise
18. Richard Marino & His Orchestra - Rots-O-Ruck
19. Alan Hawkshaw - Holiday Commercial
20. The MGM Studio Orchestra - Fashion Show
21. Mel Tormé - Sunday In New York
22. David Whitaker - Hammerhead's Apartment
23. Jo Stafford - The Gentleman Is A Dope
24. Les Baxter & The 101 Strings - Love Beat Of The City


Another great download from Swedish lounge lizard Ultra Swank's blog: http://blog.thirdphaze.com/index.php

Here's the retro (sorry... vintage) themed holiday themed compilation! Hope you all enjoy!"
The compilation features 25 songs, one for each day until Christmas day. The theme is as the title of the compilation suggests, mostly 50s, 60s and 70s Christmas songs. You will most likely recognize the titles, but probably not have heard them played like this (well, not all of the songs anyway). Happy holidays from Ultra Swank!"
01. Jack Jones - Sleigh Ride
02. Esquivel - Frosty The Snowman
03. The Hollyridge Strings - Santa's Got A Brand New Bag
04. John Barry - Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown
05. Dean Martin - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
06. Henry Mancini - Winter Wonderland - Silver Bells
07. Eddie Dunstedter - I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus
08. John Klein - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
09. Esquivel - Sun Valley Ski Run
10. The Hollyridge Strings - Santa Claus is coming to Town
11. Henry Mancini - White Christma
12. Burt Bacharach - The Bell That Couldn't Jingle
13. Esquivel - Here Comes Santa Claus
14. The Hollyridge Strings - Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
15. Henry Mancini - Frosty The Snow Man
16. Al Caiola & Riz Ortolani - Holiday On Skis
17. Ferrante & Teicher and Les Baxter - Sleigh Ride
18. Esquivel - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town
19. Dean Martin - White Christmas
20. The Metro Strings - Christmas
21. Henry Mancini - The Christmas Song
22. John Klein - Winter Wonderland
23. Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians - Ring Those Christmas Bells
24. Julie London - I'd Like You For Christmas
25. Stan Kenton - What Is A Santa Claus


Here's a great download from our Swedish blogging buddy Ultra Swank: www.blog.thirdphaze.com/index.php

Even though it's holiday time, why not cool off with some refreshing Martinis with your loved one? You can even be cool by a roaring fire with the snow outside!

This compilation is the perfect mood setter for anyone enjoying a Martini late at night, gazing out on the quiet streets from your penthouse apartment while a soft breeze blows through the open window.

The theme of it is soft dreamy strings, echoing trumpets, haunting choirs and kisses in the dark. Ultra Swank worked hard on this compilation to find just the right mood -- but it's definitely worth the effort!

Comments are as always more than welcome. All that is left now is to download it, fix your self a Martini and dream away...

01. Russ Garcia - Sophisticated Lady

02. Frank Sinatra - Put Your Dreams Away

03. Jackie Gleason - But Not for Me

04. Dudley Moore - Waltz For Suzie

05. Helen Merrill - Smog

06. Russ Garcia - Painting the Town Blue

07. Julie London - Around Midnight

08. Hugo Winterhalter - People

09. The John LaSalle Quartet - Night We Called A Day

10. Nelson Riddle - Sea of Dreams

11. Kenyon Hopkins - Lonely Girl

12. Henry Mancini - Call Me Irresponsible

13. Dinah Washington - Drinking Again

14. The Steve Graham Strings - Chances Are

15. Jackie Gleason - I'm in the Mood for Love

16. Russ Garcia - Blue, Blue, Blue

17. Les Baxter - Nevertheless

18. Frank DeVol - Dreamy

19. Ray Coniff - Park Avenue Beat

20. Ennio Morricone - Sexydonna

21. George Shearing - Darn That Dream

22. Al Caiola - I Got it Bad

23. Jackie Gleason - Tenderly

24. Julie London - In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Between Jane Monheit signing on as an ambassador for Milus -- the very high end Swiss watch company -- and the below news about Matt Dusk, it's clear the world is embracing this new generation of contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook!


Sponsorship deal tailors together the classics of fashion and music

Toronto, Canada – Noted Italian men’s fashion house, Pal Zileri, and certified gold jazz musician Matt Dusk are joining forces in a worldwide sponsorship deal that will merge the classics of fashion and music. In addition to becoming a face of Pal Zileri for marketing and advertising campaigns, Dusk will make in-store meet and greet appearances at Pal Zileri events across Canada, participate i n print and television fashion editorials and wear Pal Zileri in his forthcoming CD artwork.

"I have long waited to be paired with a clothing company who loves fashion as much as I do,” says Matt Dusk. “Pal Zileri has the fashion-forward sense to attract youth, yet still captivate those with conservative tastes. This truly is a situation where music and clothing will compliment each other!"

This sponsorship deal comes just two months after Dusk’s stellar performance at The Runway at Dusk, an exclusive preview of Pal Zileri’s Fall/Winter collection that benefited the Canadian Cancer Society. Since this preview, the industry has been buzzing about Dusk’s involvement with the Pal Zileri label.

“Matt approaches music the same way Pal Zileri approaches clothing - and that is by paying respect to standards and tradition, while infusing a modern and distinguishable touch at the same time,” says Paul Fazzari of Pal Zileri. “Matt truly embodies the characteristics of the Pal Zileri man: Confident, elegant, modern, detailed and engaging.”

Born in Toronto, Matt Dusk is best known for his multi-gold record Two Shots (2004) and for his cameo role on Mark Burnett’s reality show The Casino. His first hit single, Two Shots of Happy, One Shot of Sad, was written by Bono and The Edge from U2 for Frank Sinatra, but unfortunately Sinatra passed away before having the opportunity to record it. Dusk’s next album, Back in Town, was recorded with a 58-piece orchestra in Los Angeles at the famous Capitol Studios and was released in June 2006. Dusk is the first ever Jazz artist to hit number one on the Pop Charts in Japan and has sold out tours across North America, Europe and Asia. A recipient of The O scar Peterson Scholarship, Dusk is an honors graduate from music at York University.

With the launch of the first Canadian showroom in 1999, the Pal Zileri label has become well recognized and respected nationwide. Paying strict attention to the traditional standards of suit and garment production, while at the same time offering a very fresh and modern look, Pal Zileri puts in over 180 main processes and more than 6 hours of production to obtain a single garment. The Pal Zileri “Made to Measure” program and its huge selection of fabrics from the best mills worldwide is what holds the label in a class of its own.

For more information on the Pal Zileri label, please visit

For more information on Matt Dusk, please visit www.mattdusk.com.