Briefly, for your throwback listening pleasure on this fine Thursday evening, here’s a gem from 1964…Nat King Cole’s outstanding version of the timeless jazz standard “Let’s Face The Music and Dance.”
I’ve long loved many of Nat King Cole’s recordings of jazz classics, but for some reason his take on “Let’s Face The Music and Dance” (covered excellently by other jazz singers as well over the years, such as Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall) passed me by until yesterday afternoon, when I was catching up on this week’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance.” Two of the dancers performed a fine Broadway routine to the song, and later on, I listened to the song alone. It benefits greatly from a killer arrangement by the great Billy May (there’s even a short organ solo), and Nat’s typically effortless vocals. It may even make YOU want to get up and dance yourself. So, if you’ll pardon the pun…just face the music already, and take a listen.