Don’t Be That Way
Just One of Those Things
Let’s Face the Music and Dance
On the Street of Dreams
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
Exactly Like You
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Body and Soul
When Sunny Gets Blue
Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
Falling in Love With Love
It Had to Be You
I Won’t Dance
Gone With the Wind
There Will Never Be Another You
There’s a Lull in my Life
The Getaway and the Chase
We Laughed at Love
Love Me or Leave Me
You and the Night and the Music
My first encounter with Anita O’ Day’s amazing music was sometime in the Summer of ’77. I remember I used to listen to a radio program called Just Jazz in Tucson Arizona, and I was absolutely stunned to hear the last two last tracks on this post – “Love me or Leave Me” and “You and The Night and The Music” – O’ Day with the late great Oscar Peterson.
I still consider these two flawless gems to be masterpieces. O’ Day absolutely nails the mood of both songs with her sultry voice almost breathless delivery. Her always excellent sense of timing is absolutely perfect.
Lines that could so easily be choppy are phrased with nothing short of inspiration, and Oscar Peterson’s piano accompaniment fits in perfectly.
It seldom gets better than this.