One could describe this collection as ‘cocktail’ or ‘late night’ music, but that would imply that it should be enjoyed while doing something else – possibly more interesting. But that is not the case! Gary’s approach to his lyrics, and his empathy with his musicians demand your full attention, and his choice of numbers confirms what a wonderful period in history the last century was for high quality popular songs. Being the supreme professional that he is, Gary occasionally surprises by slipping in a verse that others have not treated us to previously. The general tone of the album is up-tempo, and the fine musicians performing the great arrangements created specially for Gary include Graham Harvey (piano, Dave Chamberlain (bass), Matt Skelton (drums), Martin Kershaw2 (guitar), Andrew Cottee (vibes) and Luke Annesley on reeds and flute.
If I have one minor criticism it concern the almost unreadable printing in part of the booklet- but that is the fault of the printers, not the musicians! Gary Williams simply gets better all the time – a great CD.
David Ades for Journal Into Melody