Leslie Bricusse, the Oscar winning songwriter of Feeling Good and Goldfinger, has described my new album as a “rare phenomenon” and told Michael Bublé to “watch out”.
I first met Leslie Bricusse last year at a celebrity party hosted by Hard Rock Cafe. My songwriting partner, Jon Nickoll and I, have been fans of his for as long as I can remember, so I couldn’t resist introducing myself when I had the chance. I told him I was writing songs for a new album and he asked me to send him an early draft.
I am happy to report that the legendary writer was impressed. He wrote back saying, “There is a dreamy, easy-going timelessness about the songs, shades of Rodgers and Hart one minute, Antonio Carlos Jobim the next. Songs like these make you want the ghosts of Mel Torme and Matt Monro to come back and sing them. Until they do, Gary Williams is their worthy guardian.”
Bricusse won his first Oscar in 1968 for Talk To The Animals, and another 14 year’s later for Victor/Victoria staring Julie Andrews. He was nominated again for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and his songs have been recorded by Frank Sinatra, Matt Monro, Shirley Bassey, Sammy Davis Jr, Michael Bublé, Nina Simone and Diana Krall.
Treasure Seeker is released September 19