Gary Williams Meets Frank Sinatra - In Tune Magazine review

Gary brings freshness to these 17 standards and in conjunction with the excellent Chris Dean orchestra he takes us on a trip through many of my own favourites and hopefully yours too.

Gary is not a Sinatra impersonator he is a song stylist in his own right. A vocalist that can be as comfortable singing up tempo songs, rhythmic numbers, as well as performing slow ballads making him a much sought after talent.

Just listen for example to his jaunty treatment of both “I Get a Kick Out of You” & “Brasil” and then his powerful working of “Where or When” which has some super piano playing too not to mention his enchanting performance on “The Girl from Ipanema”. With Chris Dean using arrangements by Nelson Riddle; Neal Hefti; Billy May & Claus Ogerman this is sure to please big band fans. The stereo sound quality is excellent throughout and the Chris Dean orchestra comes across wonderfully crisp in this state of the art recording. This CD goes straight onto my Top 10 of 2010 list!

The packaging in a light weight butterfly style folder which is very attractively illustrated makes this easy on the eye and the liner notes by Rosemary Riddle Acerra are very interesting.

Clive Fuller - June 2010