Wake Up & Live! CD (1996)

Artist: Floyd Dixon

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Label Alligator
SKU 60001951
UPC 014551484127
UPC 14 00014551484127
Format CD
Release Date 5/21/1996
Author Floyd Dixon
Technical Info
Engineer Port Barlow; Port Barlow
Producer Port Barlow; Port Barlow
CatalogID ALCD 4841
Lable Name Alligator Records
Released 05/01/1996
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 58m : 14s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00014551484127
Musical Guests
Charlie Owens
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Floyd Dixon (piano, vocals); Port Barlow (electric & acoustic guitars); Eddie Synigal (tenor & baritone saxophones); Charlie Owens (baritone saxophone); Joe Campbell (trumpet); Danny "Bone" Weinstein (trombone); Leslie Baker, Mark Goldberg, Rick Reed (acoustic bass); Eddie Clark, James Arvans, Jimi Bott (drums).
Recorded at Studio Trax, Walnut, California. Includes liner notes by Chip Deffaa.
Personnel: Floyd Dixon (vocals, piano); Port Barlow (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Eddie Saxman Synigal (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Charlie Owens (baritone saxophone); Joe Campbell (trumpet); Dan Weinstein, Danny "Bone" Wenstein (trombone); Marc Anton (alto horn); Rick Reed, Mark Goldberg, Leslie Baker (acoustic bass); James Arvans, Eddie Clark , Jimi Bott (drums).
Audio Mixer: Port Barlow.
Liner Note Author: Chip Deffaa.
Recording information: Studio Trax, Walnut Creek, CA.
Photographers: Michael Schwartz; Paul Natkin.
There was a time when swing-oriented jazz, R&B and blues overlapped to form an accessible yet intelligent style of music. In the late '40s Louis Jordan, Charles Brown and Amos Milburn were popular figures and Floyd Dixon (although a bit in their shadow) was not far behind. When rock & roll suddenly took over pop music in the mid-'50s, the middle-aged black performers were tossed off the charts in favor of their younger white imitators and work began to become scarce. Fortunately Floyd Dixon survived the lean years and, as with Charles Brown, he made a "comeback." This CD is a definitive Floyd Dixon release, mixing together older hits (including his signature tune "Hey, Bartender") with newer originals; all 16 selections were written or co-composed by Dixon. Joined by a jumping band that features a liberal amount of solo space for guitarist Port Barlow, tenor saxophonist Eddie Synigal and the old-time styled trombone of Danny Weinstein (plus a couple of spots for Charles Owens' baritone), Dixon sounds in excellent shape. His voice had not aged much, his enthusiasm is very much intact and his piano playing (whether on slow blues, medium-tempo novelties or the closing instrumental blues "Gettin' Ready") is quite jazz-oriented. Chip Deffaa's liner notes are an added plus. Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow
Professional Reviews
Q (9/96, p.112) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Floyd sings and plays with an artistic fire that still burns bright today. The support band...is idiomatically sympathetic without slipping into revivalism....Floyd's personal energy and skill...continually excites and informs the music."
Disc 1
1 Hey, Bartender
2 My Song Is Don't Worry
3 You Know That'll Get It
4 Long Time Ago, A
5 Dream, A
6 You're The Only One For Me
7 450 Pound Woman
8 Mean And Jealous Man
9 I Wanna Rock Now
10 Don't Send Me No Flowers In The Graveyard
11 Wake Up And Live
12 Livin' A Lie (Weak For A Woman)
13 Rockin' At Home
14 Got The Blues So Bad
15 Skeet's California Sunshine
16 Gettin' Ready

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