Midnight Train- Errol Dixon

Midnight TrainTitle: Midnight Train

Artist: Errol Dixon

Label: Wolf

Formats: CD, Digital

Release date: June 8, 2018


Midnight Train is a live recording of blues and “piano boogie woogie” musician Errol Dixon’s performance at Vienna’s popular jazz club, Jazzland, in 1973. The album features a few of Dixon’s originals such as “Pretty Baby,” “Foot Stompin’ Boogie,” “I’ve Got the Blues,” and perhaps his most popular tune, “Midnight Train.” Dixon also plays a number of standards: Aaron Walker’s “Stormy Monday,” Leiber and Stoller’s “Kansas City,” B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby,” Floyd Dixon’s “Hey Bartender,” and Ma Rainey’s “See, See Rider.”

The album’s liner notes include an interview with Dixon conducted by Hans Maitner at Jazzland in 1974, where they discuss topics such as Dixon’s childhood in Jamaica, his move to London, and his opinion on rock ‘n roll. The interview’s transcript is provided in its original German and in an English translation. Anyone who is invested in the preservation of blues music or the documentation of “one of the last living original piano boogie woogie & blues players” should own this album.

Reviewed by Kennedi Johnson