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Let There Be Love

Artist: Gary Williams

Date of Release: 21/04/2011

Catalogue no: BOS6819

Label: BOS

Price: £10

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Let's Face The Music And Dance

1.58

2

 

Paper Moon/This Can't Be Love

2.39

3

 

Nature Boy

4.03

4

 

Walknig My Baby

2.06

5

 

Dance Balernia, Dance

2.30

6

 

Day In, Day Out

2.48

7

 

The End Of A Love Affair

2.27

8

 

Smile

2.11

9

 

L-O-V-E

2.36

10

 

Lover Come Back To Me

2.25

11

 

Orange Coloured Sky

2.20

12

 

Straighten Up And Fly Right

2.47

13

 

Sweet Lorraine/Love Is Here To Stay

3.05

14

 

The Best Thing For You

1.47

15

 

On The Street Where You Live

3.08

16

 

Somewhere Along The Way

3.32

17

 

Let There Be Love

2.36

18

 

When I Fall In Love

2.49

 

 

 

 

If you or I were guests on "Cash In The Attic" we'd probably bring along a set of steak knives and our nana’s old mantle clock. For singer Gary Williams though, it's a little different.

In 2002 after performing the hits of Nat "King" Cole with his friend John Wilson conducting various concert orchestras, Gary decided to get a trio together and perform the same classic material in small theatres and jazz festivals up and down the country. At one of those dates the sound engineer had the foresight to record the show for reference purposes. Never intended for release it sat forgotten about in a box in Gary's attic until it was rediscovered late last year.

Gary explains “It wasn't even labelled; I just wondered what was on it, gave it a play and was immediately struck by the incredible musicianship. I must say, I took the band for granted at the time and it was a revelation to listen again with fresh ears”.

The band he refers to is the James Pearson Trio, with James at piano, Jeremy Brown bass and Matt Skelton drums. James is well known to jazz fans as the leader of Ronnie Scott's house band and with Jeremy and Matt this is certainly an all-star trio.

Gary's voice is in terrific form. The intimacy of a small room suits his style and this album captures a certain spontaneity and magic that's impossible to capture in the studio.

The arrangements were all written by another favourite of Gary's, Andrew Cottee. Listen out for his ethereal treatment of Nature Boy and the dynamism of Day In, Day Out.

This is a terrific album with eighteen well-known tracks, and some lesser known gems, by a team at the top of their game. As lyricist Don Black, who supplies the sleeve notes, says, "Gary Williams is a major singing talent," so, "Let's face the music and dance".

 

Reviews

 

20/01/0011 Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz (USA)

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.

 

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