Swingin’ on Broadway CD review for Big Band World Magazine

August 3, 2007 in Reviews

Master arrangers Clive Dunstall and Andrew Cottee are the perfect people to settle Gary Williams into a smooth and swinging groove as he ambles effortlessly down Broadway, one minute plucking out the unlikely Chim Chim Cheree and the next riding The Surrey With The Fringe On Top. And then Richard Rodney Bennett joins him as arranger and celeste player for the Gershwin’s Isn’t It A Pity and the set ends (naturally!) with Always Look On The Bright Side from Spamalot.

It’s a well-paced CD of enjoyable variety, skilfully performed. Gary’s in great voice and all’s well. I think I would rate this his best showing to date. Impressive sound balance achieved by producers John Wilson and Mike Dutton. Five stars

Radio 2’s Malcolm Laycock

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