Review of 'Alone Together' for 'In Tune' Magazine

In his liner note for the album Gary says “ I want to record an album of great songs with the best arranger, best producer and the best orchestra possible” I have to agree with him when he says “This CD is that ambition realised…” I cannot think of any other recent album of great songs that has sent a shiver up my spine not once but several times during listening. The last time this happened to me was when I first heard Dick Haymes sing ‘Where or When’ on his now classic 1955 LP ‘Rain or Shine’ and here we have Gary singing that very same song. To achieve the happy marriage that occurs on this CD song after song must tell the listener something good. I hate comparisons and always try to avoid them but this album brought back the atmosphere created at many a Capitol session. The combination of the John Wilson orchestra, his superb soloists and Gary is a winning formula and one, which has been built through working together for many concerts. The sheer size and excellence of the orchestra assembled explains how and why so magical a sound has been created.

Gary Williams should now be well known to every music lover in the country for it is his interpretation and ability to sing ballads and up-tempo songs combined with faultless orchestrations and playing that creates this magic. It is refreshing to hear Alec Wilder’s “I’ll Be Around” given a definitive performance and new life being brought to Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You”. And in the year of great interest in all things Cole Porter, Gary comes in with 3 classics “Why Shouldn’t I?” “Just One of Those Things” and the aptly titled “You’re Sensational”. The songs here make up a who’s who of composers and I can hear this CD being played on many a retrospective of their work both now and in years to come.

In his liner notes BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Russell Davies remarks upon the availability of a full orchestra listing. It is rare to find such dedication on all fronts as so many labels cut corners but not here. A special mention must go to the sound engineers, Chris Bolster and Mike Dutton without whose ability we might not have the audible feast on offer. Overall, this is a must for anyone interested in the art of vocal expression. Clive Fuller - ‘In Tune’ Magazine

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