Now, THAT'S Amore!

Frank Lamphere

Label: Late Nite Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 00:47:55
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1. Speak Softly, Love (The Godfather Theme) (Kusik-Rota) 3:52 2. Around the World (Adamson-Young) 3:28 3. The Look of Love (David-Bacharach) 5:48 4. That's Amore (Brooks-Warren) 2:50 5. Do You Like What You See? (Lamphere) 3:21 6. God Bless America (Berlin) 3:17 7. I'd Like to Come Back to You (Lamphere) 2:45 8. A Slow Hot Wind (Gimbel-Mancini) 4:22 9. Charade (Mercer-Mancini) 2:54 10. Think Happy (Lamphere) 2:41 11. For All We Know (Lewis-Coots) 4:03 12. Parla Più Piano (Buoncompagni-Rota) 3:10 13. The Braves Go All the Way (Lamphere) 2:55 14. Questo è Amore (Giacobetti-Warren) 2:30


Frank Lamphere
voice / vocals
Mark Sonksen
bass, acoustic
Eric Schneider
Don Stille
Jim Cooper
Mark Olen

Album Description

While Frank Lamphere enjoys paying tributes to such crooners as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Tony Bennett, and his entertainment company is called Rat Pack Jazz, the singer has his own sound and style. He has a strong and appealing voice, records music that is more jazz-oriented, and his phrasing always results in swinging vocals. Now That’s Amore is his fourth CD as a leader and it finds Lamphere joined by Eric Schneider on tenor, alto and clarinet, pianist Larry Harris (who plays organ on three numbers), Dan McIntyre on guitar and mandolin, either Mark Sonksen or Dennis Carroll on bass, Phil Gratteau or George Fludas on drums, and guest appearances by accordionist Don Stille and vibraphonist Jim Cooper. Throughout the album, the singer includes plenty of concise solos by his sidemen which add to the color, jazz content, and excitement of the performances. There are plenty of unexpected song choices and variety throughout the set. “Speak Softly Love” is the “Love Theme from the Godfather” and is not often sung. Frank Lamphere gives it a cheerful interpretation with some surprising interaction between clarinet and accordion. “Around The World” is turned into a real cooker that shows that the singer has no difficulty sounding relaxed on fast tempos. He takes a warm vocal on “The Look Of Love” (which has some prominent piano by Harris) and is quite joyful on the Dean Martin hit “That’s Amore.” “Do You Like What You See,” the first of four Lamphere originals on the albums, is a goodtime number about unexpectedly spotting an attractive woman. The singer next turns “God Bless America” into a surprising swinger that includes guitar and tenor solos. On the debut of his “I’d Like To Come Back To You,” Lamphere performs an offbeat love song with a boogaloo beat that could inspire a singalong of its title. He gives Henry Mancini’s “A Slow Hot Wind” a particularly sensitive treatment (Cooper’s vibes are an added plus) and transforms Mancini’s “Charade” into an uptempo romp. Lamphere’s “Think Happy” is an uplifting philosophical piece about the value of positive thinking. After a wistful version of “For All We Know,” the enjoyable program concludes with “Parla Plu Piano” (the “Love Theme from the Godfather” sung in Italian and with Cooper’s vibes), his swinging tribute to the Atlanta Braves (“The Braves Go All the Way”), and a happy version of “That’s Amore” in Italian (“Ouesto é Amore”). Now That’s Amore is arguably the swinging crooner’s finest recording to date. Frank Lamphere is a singer well worth discovering.

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

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