Wake Up and Live!

Wake Up and Live!

by Floyd DixonFloyd Dixon


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/1996
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551484127
catalogNumber: 4841
Rank: 141974

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Floyd Dixon   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Eddie Clark   Drums
Jimi Bott   Drums
Joe Campbell   Trumpet
Mark Goldberg   Acoustic Bass
Rick Reed   Acoustic Bass
Eddie Saxman Synigal   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dan Weinstein   Trombone
Charlie Owens   Baritone Saxophone
Port Barlow   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
James Arvans   Drums
Danny "Bone" Wenstein   Trombone
Leslie Baker   Acoustic Bass
Marc Anton   Alto Horn

Technical Credits

Floyd Dixon   Composer
David Hutson   Horn Arrangements
Chip Deffaa   Liner Notes
Port Barlow   Producer,Engineer
Marc Anton   Horn Arrangements
Port Barlow   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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