Hitting All the Right Notes (And sometimes the Heavy Bag)
CHICAGO, Jan. 31, 2014 - During his brief amateur boxing career, that included a memorable fight against the eventual champion of the lightweight division in the Chicago Golden Gloves, many thought that Frank Lamphere (LAM-fear) hit like a heavyweight.
Today, with the Sweet Science an old but pleasant memory, Lamphere is a professional singer in the highly specialized genre known as traditional pop (Sinatra, Bennett, Connick). Vast portions of his performances and repertoire are presented in big band and straight ahead jazz and Lamphere is proudly considered a vocal heavyweight”.
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His voice, now more than ever before, is a wonderful blend of masculine strength and smooth, rounded edges
The fledgling composer succeeds with five originals with catchy lyrics, good production value, and top notch playing by some of Chicago’s finest musicians
Unlike singers like Michael Buble who initially succeed in one genre but cross over into more popular styles, Frank demonstrates respect for the style he loves. Without being a generic impersonator, Lamphere derives inspiration from the usual suspects, Sinatra and Dean Martin. But I didn’t find myself comparing him to either