Release Date: 2006
Label: Swing Out Records
1 Swing Out Fanfare 0:15
2 Top Hat, White Tie And Tails 2:29
3 Music Makes Me 4:19
4 Let’s Begin 3:27
5 I’ll Be Hard To Handle 4:14
6 A Needle In A Haystack 3:59
7 No Strings 3:03
8 Isn’t This A Lovely Day? 3:49
9 Let Yourself Go 3:36
10 I’m Putting All My Eggs In One Basket 3:12
11 They Can’t Take That Away From Me 3:33
12 (I’ve Got) Beginners Luck 2:57
13 Bojangles Of Harlem 3:46
14 Pick Yourself Up 3:44
15 Let’s Face The Music And Dance 2:57
16 Change Partners 4:38
17 A Fine Romance 4:25
18 Swing Out Swinging Fanfare 0:16
“Let’s Face the Music and Dance” is a collection of eighteen songs from the 1930’s films of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. This is some of the best, and best loved, American popular music of the 20th century, written by the likes of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Gus Khan, and others.
Banu Gibson obviously has a lot of respect and affection for the material here. She has a terrific, clear voice; she’s a joy to hear. Whereas Ginger did her best with the material and Fred had the phrasing down to an art, they just weren’t singers.
It’s thrilling to hear these grand old songs performed so beautifully, with new arrangements that remain faithful to the intentions of the composers. Too many modern performers insist on over interpreting these songs until the music is unrecognizable. I’ll take my Gershwin straight up, thanks!