In the Lounge with Gary Williams - Album review (Bournemouth Echo)

The star of several Bournemouth summer shows Gary Williams has received huge critical acclaim from everyone from Michael Parkinson to David Jacobs for his new CD In the Lounge with Gary Williams. Gary, of course, appeared with David Jacobs here in Bournemouth in The Legend of Sinatra, which was truly amazing, and in 2004 he received his West End debut recreating the role of Sinatra for The Rat Pack Live from Vegas. The new release, in which he has assembled six superb jazz musicians, has a lilting jazz feel with exciting new arrangements of old familiar classics.

Andrew Cottee, the ace young arranger, has given Music to Watch Girls By a brooding allure, while Dean Martin?s I Can't Give You Anything But Love, has a more relaxed, playful mood. Songs like Life is Just A bowl of Cherries and I've Got the Sun in the Morning remind us it?s the simple things in life that matter.

Whether playing this in the lounge or in the car, you are always in good company with Gary. A charming, charismatic performer his vocal skills make him a fine match for the likes of Sinatra and Dean Martin. In the Lounge with Gary Williams is available now on the Vocalion label, CD number CDSA6814.

Hilary Porter for the Bournemouth Echo

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