After performing Nat Cole’s most famous songs with John Wilson conducting various concert orchestras, in 2003 I commissioned Andrew Cottee to arrange the repertoire for the best trio of musicians I could find.
At a show in Grimsby, the sound engineer had the foresight to make an archive recording of the show, never intended for release, which I found by accident just a few months ago. It’s actually a great recording, largely due to about the finest trio anyone could hope for: James Pearson (resident pianist at Ronnie Scott’s), Jeremy Brown and Matthew Skelton. Academy Award winner Don Black has provided the sleeve notes.
“Gary Williams pays tribute to Nat Cole on Let There Be Love. Without making any attempt to imitate the Cole sound or phrasing, Williams captures the relaxed ease that imbued Cole’s singing, and the Williams pipes are fine in their own right. Williams continues to be among the best of the younger generation of vocalists who carry the torch of good music for those with discerning ears.” Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz (USA)