Reviews

Comedian, Tom Dreesen (who opened for Sinatra for 14 years), commenting on “Jim Altamore celebrates Sinatra live in France”: “One night after performing with Frank Sinatra in a 20,000 seat arena we were flying in his private jet back to Palm Springs. He had received yet another standing ovation that night and was still glowing as we talked about the thrill of performing in front of such appreciative audiences. He said ‘I don’t care if my name lives on but I do want the music to live on’. The music lives on superbly with Jim Altamore. Frank would be so pleased.”

Marc Myers – Wall Street Journal Contributor/JazzWax.com: While I’ve hissed and moaned about new singers’ over-use of the American Songbook, I must reel that in a bit. Jim Altamore took me aback. Altamore has a saloony sense of swing and control — and even sports Sinatra’s timbre. Yet he never makes the mistake of becoming a Frank impersonator. Instead, Altamore is a completely natural singer and plenty comfortable in his own skin.
Jim is one of the finest singers who specializes in Frank Sinatra’s songbook. His new album, Jim Altamore Celebrates Sinatra (Live In France) features Jim live with Sinatra’s big band arrangements and warm tone.

Jerome Wilson – Cadence: Jim Altamore looks every inch the saloon singer and that is what he sounds like, doing songs associated with classic male night club singers like Sinatra and Darin. To his credit, the man has the voice for the job and doesn’t try to oversell his material, singing in a natural, flowing baritone that doesn’t imitate any of his predecessors.

George Fendel, and Kyle O’Brien – Jazz Society of Oregon: It’s obvious that Jim Altamore is joined at the hip with Frank Sinatra. But what you’ve got to like about Altamore is that, while he communicates some of the legendary Sinatra hip-chic, he doesn’t try to lay Sinatra on you. Frank was king, but Altamore is one of his loyal subjects.

Grego Applegate Edwards – Gapplegate Music Review: Jim Altamore looks to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Bobby Darin as the important forebears of the tradition he continues and forwards. His vocal style is strong, relaxed, and to me has the particular ring of Old Blue Eyes. There is an uncanny resemblance in the tone of his voice and the phrasing and his delivery is distinctive enough that one feels that one is hearing the genre anew through a different set of pipes.