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License To Swing by Jim Altamore

What a joy it is to recive an album that is true to the genre. This tribute to Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra is definitely not an imitation, but there is enough inflection to make one smile in appreciation for the heartfelt love that is generated by this fine singer.

These tunes have been selected wisely and a magnificent example of this is "Beyond The Sea." Altamore pays homage to Darin with heartfelt emotion that shines through this track with burning intensity and excellence bred of self-confidence and ability. This tune has always been one that rises above the usual fare. The melody is superb and the lyrics are a prime example of the genius of American musical poetry.

A bass intro starts matters off on "I'm Beginning To See The Light." Jim Altamore's solid vocal is followed by Bill Easley's warm tenor sax message and Rio Clemente's joyful piano soliloquy.

"All Right, Okay, You Win" jumps into a blues bag in no uncertain terms. This track gets off the ground in a hurry and as a result, the diversity of Altamore is showcased beautifully. The ensemble is flawless in their response.

On "Learnin' The Blues," Frank Sinatra is revisited in joyful abandon. One can feel the admiration Altamore feels for this American icon. Clemente's comping is a work of art and helps to make this number get off the ground and into orbit with extraordinary ideation and adroitness.

To get into the heart and soul of the listener is no easy task and Altamore and company certainly do this with natural proficiency. Swing is king here and I am certainly a member of the assembled court.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jim Altamore
  • CD Title: License To Swing
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Lucky Us Productions
  • Musicians: Jim Altamore (vocals), Rio Clemente (piano), Eric Johnson (guitar), Wayne Batchelor (bass), Steve Johns (drums), Bill Easley (sax, flute), Chembo Corniel (percussion)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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