At The Movies CD review by Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
When choosing songs for his new album, At the Movies (BOS Entertainment – 6823), UK vocalist GARY WILLIAMS made a lot of interesting choices. He looked as far back as 1935 and Top Hat for “Isn’t This a Lovely Day,” and forward to 2005’s MirrorMask for “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” a song that was actually written in 1963.
He dug into the Disney catalog to find “Baby Mine” from Dumbo (1941), “He’s a Tramp” from Lady and the Tramp (1955), “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book (1967), “Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat” from The Aristocats (1970),” and “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2 (1999). Also making the cut were songs from four Elvis Presley films, Girl Happy (“Puppet on a String”), Viva Las Vegas (“I Need Somebody to Lean On), Kid Galahad(“Home Is Where the Heart Is”), and G.I. Blues (“Pocket Full of Rainbows”).
The other selections came from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (“Spooky”), Live a Little, Love a Little (“Almost in Love”), Love Actually (“Both Sides Now”), and Saturday Night Fever (“How Deep Is Your Love”). This is an eclectic collection, but Williams has found a way to make it all work. He has a smooth baritone that is easily accessible, and the ability to bring out the best in each song. A one-word review would be “Delightful!”