There's no orchestra to hide behind here. Frank Lamphere sings his own tunes, out front, strong, clear, in-tune and quite in-the-groove. Recorded with an exceptional piano led trio and a pair of highly regarded soloists from the Chicago jazz scene. A winner!
(Back cover) "Frank Swings" Five cool new songs for swingin' occasions by crooner Frank Lamphere.
Frank Swings was recorded at Studiomedia Recording in Evanston in November-December 2010. The session musicians were Eric Schneider reeds, Art Davis trumpet tracks 1 & 4, Jim Ryan Yamaha grand piano, Jim Cox upright bass and Bob Rummage drums. Engineering, mixing and mastering Scott Steinman
"Writing original music that tells a good story and swings is a lost art form. However, with his latest release, Frank Swings, Lamphere draws the listener in with his original lyrics, composition, phrasing and unique sound that I believe distinguishes him from most of his contemporaries and sets a new standard for the 21st century crooner." - Mike Jeffers, CEO Chicago Jazz Publishing and Entertainment
"He seems more modeled on the casual Dean Martin manner, especially in lazy,slow tempo where he slurs and sloshes some vowel sounds" - Rob Lester, Talkin' Broadway
"His voice, now more than ever before, is a wonderful blend of masculine strength and smooth, rounded edges. Rather than sounding like someone who is hesitant, Frank’s style embodies bridled strength"- Ben Dockery jazz writer-pianist