‘Let There Be Love’ reviewed by In Tune International

February 24, 2011 in Reviews

“I have often been disappointed with live recordings because somehow they either lack the studio feel or fail to capture the atmosphere of the event. This new CD from Gary Williams which comes from his Nat King Cole show of 2004 does not fail on either score.

The performance is backed by a trio of excellent musicians, James Pearson piano & musical director, Jeremy Brown double bass and Matthew Skelton drums & percussion who provide precisely the right accompaniment for each number and there are some lovely instrumental solos and song medleys too. All of the arrangements are by Andrew Cottee.
I have always found Gary’s voice to have excellent clarity and here again he sings and phrases songs that you immediately associate with Nat King Cole but given the Gary Williams treatment. In modern day terms Gary is one of the few real song stylists never imitating or mimicking but rather giving his own interpretation of a well loved song. My personal favourites are “Dance Ballerina Dance” which sways so effectively; the atmospheric “Nature Boy”; the jaunty medley of “Sweet Lorraine”/”Love is Here to Stay” and the excellent ballad treatment given to “Somewhere Along the Way”. Recorded at the Caxton Theatre, Grimsby, 15 May 2004  and with a running time of  approx  48 minutes. A must have album for 2011.”

Clive Fuller, In Tune International Magazine

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