In the Lounge with Gary Williams - Album review for Big Band World magazine

After Gary’s last superb foray with the John Wilson Orchestra, this new CD has him in the intimate setting of a smooth and gently swinging small group Arranged for him by rising star Andrew Cottee, with just one title arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett. It shows a more intimate side of Gary and he doesn’t put a foot wrong. He swings when needed. He smooches when needed. He caresses when needed. His phrasing is sure, his intonation spot on. It’s an intelligent reading of a set of ‘standards’ which is never pretentious and always satisfying. Best of all, he sounds like Gary Williams and not like anybody else. At one time Gary would have been a world star. Dream the possible dream…!

Radio 2’s Malcolm Laycock

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