Personnel includes: Johnny Adams (vocals); Duke Robillard, Walter W. Washington (guitar); Bill "Foots" Samuel (soprano, alto, tenor & baritone saxophones); Amadee Castanell (tenor saxophone); Terry Tullos, James Spells (trumpet); Ernie Gautreau (trombone); Jon Cleary (piano); James Singleton (bass); Johnny Vidacovich (drums).
Recorded at Southlake Recording Studio, Metairie, Louisiana between March & May 1989. Includes liner notes by Dick Shuman.
New Orleans soul and blues legend Adams is a good fit for this tribute to singer/songwriter Percy Mayfield, as Mayfield's songs can be seen as inhabiting a territory somewhere between jazz and rock & roll. Here, for example, the title song, with its dual guitar interplay, clearly leans toward the rock end of the spectrum, while "Lost Mind," with its snappy big-band arrangement, tends toward jazz, and "My Heart Is Hanging Heavy" is unambiguously blues. Some of these songs should be familiar from Ray Charles' '60s versions, but Adams, as is his wont, makes them his own, negotiating the stylistic changes of pace with passion and his usual magisterial phrasing. He's clearly enjoying himself throughout, and it's infectious.