Posts Tagged ‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’

Anita O' Day (October 18, 1919 – November 23, 2006)
























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
















Angel Eyes
















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.





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